London Metropolitan University may take aid of HC

The UK’s London Metropolitan University has been stripped of its license to sponsor non-EU students by the UK Border Agency.

Updated: Sep 01, 2012, 10:50 AM IST

London: The UK’s London Metropolitan University, which has been stripped of its license to sponsor non-EU students by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), may be now forced to take the case to the High Court for ending the bitter dispute with the British Government and immigration officials, legal experts have said.

Over 2,500 foreign students face being deported from the UK after London Met’s license to authorise visas for international students was revoked by the British Government.

“London Met may have no choice but to dispute the decision, given the importance to it of fees from foreign students, and will probably have to seek a judicial review in the High Court,” the Independent quoted Adam Chapman, head of public law at Kingsley Napley, as saying.

“Students who will be forced to leave the country may also seek to challenge the revocation of their right to study here. Only last year the court found that Burnley Training College was unfairly stripped of its sponsor licence,” he added.

The decision to strip the University of its Highly Trusted Status (HTS) came at a time when the British Government is struggling to bring the net immigration in the country down to below 100,000 a year.

A spokesman for the London Met did not rule out a legal challenge.

"We dispute the basis of the decision. That`s as much as we can say at present,” he said.

The university is also currently in talks with other UK universities about the possibility of finding places for the stranded students. Regent`s College, in London, has reportedly offered to take 200 students of London Met, and to make GBP 800,000 worth of scholarships available to them to cover the difference in tuition fees, the paper said.