Rushanara Ali MP has welcomed the High Court ruling which will enable existing students at London Metropolitan University with full immigration status to continue their studies at the university.
“I am pleased with the outcome of the hearing, particularly for the 2,600 students who were affected by the UKBA’s original decision and, as a result, have been searching frantically for places on courses at alternative universities. The High Court’s decision means that these students, many of them in Bethnal Green and Bow, can now focus on their studies and look forward to the start of the new academic year at London Metropolitan University, which is a welcome relief following weeks of uncertainty. I hope the UKBA and the Home Office will work with London Metropolitan University to resolve this isue.”
Earlier this month, the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) announced its decision to revoke London Metropolitan University’s visa license effectively stopping them from recruiting international students which could cause financial difficulties for the University as well as leaving thousands of legitimate international students uncertain about their academic future. The UKBA was widely condemned for its handling of the decision which was leaked to the press days before being communicated to the University or students. Concerns were also raised about the fact that it left thousands of international students who were in the UK legitimately facing an uncertain future and the necessity to find a new place just weeks before the beginning of the new academic year.
The High Court’s decision will allow students who are already in the UK to complete their courses and permits London Metropolitan University to seek a judicial review of the UKBA’s decision.