London Metropolitan University starts visa legal action

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A London university is to launch legal action against the UK Border Agency’s decision to revoke its licence to sponsor international students.

London Metropolitan University said it was taking action so its students could return “as a matter of urgency”.

The government revoked London Met’s “highly trusted” status last week.

The UKBA found a quarter of overseas students did not have permission to stay in the UK. It said it would “strongly contest” any legal action.

It was not immediately clear what form of legal action was planned but this could take the form of a judicial review of the UKBA’s decision to revoke its licence.

In a statement, the university said the UKBA’s move could cost it £30m a year and it promised to “defend its reputation”.

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