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london Met University has lost its licence to sponsor

31 August 2012

The UK Border Agency has revoked the London Metropolitan University’s Licence to Sponsor due to a ‘serious systematic failure’ in the University’s monitoring of international students.

It is estimated 2,700 non European Economic Area (EEA) students will be affected. Those who already have a valid student visa will have 60 days to find another course provider; otherwise they will be required to leave the country. Those students without a valid visa will not be offered the same courtesy.

The revocation will threaten the University’s ability to sponsor non-EEA migrants going forward and presents a significant financial problem; the University say this decision will cost them £30m.

This comes after three other universities have had their Licence’s suspended and several higher education colleges have had their licences revoked.

Whether or not your organisation is in the education sector, if you have a Licence, now is the time to review your immigration systems and processes to ensure you are not at risk of this happening to you.

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