Solicitors in Essex, Colchester, Chelmsford, London – Fisher Jones Greenwood

London Metropolitan University Loses Sponsor Licence

30 August 2012 by Ashlee Campbell

Ashlee Campbell

The future of over 2,000 students at London Metropolitan University is in doubt today after the University had its sponsor licence revoked by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

By removing the University’s ability to sponsor students, it means that the University can no longer teach or recruit non-EU students. The UKBA Decision follows in the footsteps of last month’s decision to remove the University’s Highly Trusted Status (HTS) and effectively means that over 2,000 non-EU international students are now left with just 60 days to find another sponsor or face potential removal by the UKBA if they do not leave the UK.

Whilst the reasons behind the UKBA decision and the decision itself will be looked at and debated for some time, the focus is now on the effected students and what their next moves will be. At QualitySolicitors FJG we have an expert immigration team who can offer advice to students on the implications and their options and can also assist with representations to the UKBA when an application needs to be submitted. We also have extensive experience in assisting students recover their fees already paid, in circumstances such as these.”

Ashlee Campbell, Senior Caseworker in the Immigration team at QS FJG added: ” This is a very worrying time for students and we appreciate that they will be anxious not only about pursuing their studies in the UK but also that they will be worried about losing fees already paid for their courses. We would urge students to be proactive and take steps immediately to obtain advice about their particular circumstances.”

For more information, you can get in touch with our Immigration specialists today by calling 01206 835270 or by emailing immigration@qsfjg.co.uk. We also offer a full range of legal services for both individuals and businesses, including housing, commercial property, family, education and civil litigation.

If you have been directly affected by this news or are worried about the implications, the University have set up a help centre line for students and can be contacted on 020 7133 4141.