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The agreement covers the following students:

  1. Students already in the UK, and with the correct immigration status, who have been studying at London Metropolitan University and who wish to continue on their current course.
  2. Students in the UK, with a previously correct immigration status, who have been issued with a CAS and received an offer to commence a course at London Metropolitan University in autumn 2012.
  3. Students in the UK, with the correct immigration status, who wish to change sponsor from London Metropolitan University to another Tier 4 sponsor.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) will be writing to all students in the UK who have an outstanding in-country application to study at London Metropolitan University to ask them to confirm their plans for the future.

Students who confirm that they wish to continue their studies at London Metropolitan University will be able to do so until the end of the academic year 2012-13 or the end of their course (whichever is the sooner), subject to the conditions agreed between the university and the UKBA.

Students wishing to transfer to another institution will be considered under the concessions announced by the UKBA following the revocation, and their new Tier 4 applications prioritised.

Those students who decide to leave the UK will have their leave curtailed to 31 January 2013, to give them time to make arrangements to leave.

The UKBA will, on a case-by-case basis, allow former London Metropolitan University students to switch from a Tier 4 to a Tier 2 visa.

The UKBA is updating the information and FAQs available for students on its web-site to reflect the agreement (note 5).

The clearing house for students seeking to transfer to another institution will continue to operate until Friday 12 October 2012 (note 6). Students who still wish to use it to transfer to another institution are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Students are also asked to note that the last date for enrolment or re-enrolment at London Metropolitan University for academic year 2012-13 is Monday 15 October 2012.

The £2 million Task Force Student Support Fund established by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills began accepting applications on Monday. The fund will cover the costs of visa reapplications, extra tuition fees, and other reasonable additional costs (note 7). The guiding principle is that no legitimate student affected by the revocation should be out of pocket.

Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE and chair of the task force, said: 

‘The agreement reached by London Metropolitan University and the UKBA is excellent news for students affected by the revocation.

‘There are many lessons to be learned from this experience, and we should also not forget the distress caused to legitimate students who have found themselves in an extremely difficult situation.

'I hope that the decision will enable students to put the stress and uncertainty of the past weeks behind them.’

 

Notes

  1. Following the UK Border Agency’s decision on 29 August to revoke London Metropolitan University’s licence to sponsor non-EEA students, the Universities Minister, David Willetts, announced the formation of a task force to support students affected by the decision.
  2. The task force is led by Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE Chief Executive, and brings together representatives from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Universities UK, the UK Border Agency, London Metropolitan University and the National Union of Students.
  3. The aim of the task force is to support London Metropolitan University to find suitable alternative courses with other higher education institutions for legitimate and appropriately qualified students, so that they can continue their studies in the UK. More information about the task force is available. For enquiries, please contact Liz McCarty, HEFCE (l.mccarty@hefce.ac.uk; 0117 931 7431.
  4. For the full version of the agreement see the file below.
  5. See 'Guidance for international students sponsored by London Metropolitan University' . The UK Border Agency Contact Centre number is 0870 606 7766, and UK Border Agency staff are on site at London Metropolitan University to provide advice via the helpline and student support team. Institutions who are accepting London Metropolitan University students, and who have visa and other immigration-related queries, should contact their UK Border Agency Account Manager. Institutions issuing a CAS to a transferring London Metropolitan University student are asked to notify the Border Agency via sponsorshipconfirmations@ukba.gsi.gov.uk.
  6. London Metropolitan University is asking students to let them know if they have found an option outside of the clearing house. Please e-mail international@londonmet.ac.uk. Anyone affected by the revocation decision who needs academic advice, counselling or technical assistance with the clearing house process is asked to contact the London Metropolitan University Help Centre on 0207 133 4141, e-mail international@londonmet.ac.uk, or stop by the walk-in centre at the Holloway Road campus on the 3rd Floor Tower Building.
  7. Further information about the Task Force Student Support Fund.

Approach to be adopted by the UKBA to students

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