London Metropolitan University banned from sponsoring non-EU students

The UK Border Agency has revoked London Metropolitan University's (LMU) licence to sponsor students from outside the EU after it failed to “address serious and systemic failings” that the Agency identified six months ago.

“We have been working with them since then, but the latest audit revealed issues with 61 per cent of files we randomly sampled. We could not allow LMU to continue to sponsor and teach international students. We understand that genuine international students at LMU may be concerned,” the UK Border Agency said.

The withdrawal of LMU's licence means that it is removed from the register of licensed sponsors, and students from outside the EU are no longer allowed to study at the university.

LMU students who are already in the UK with a current, valid UK visa do not need to do anything immediately.

The UK Border Agency said they’ll support Universities UK's efforts to ensure those who meet current visa requirements can find alternative places to study.

If an existing LMU student with a current, valid visa is on holiday outside the UK, they can return to the UK.

New students who were planning to travel to the UK to start studying with LMU are advised not to travel.

A UK Border Agency spokesperson said: “These are problems with one university, not the whole sector. British universities are among the best in the world – and Britain remains a top-class destination for top-class international students.

“We are doing everything possible, working with Universities UK, to assist genuine students that have been affected and are confident that they will be able to find alternative places to study.”

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