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International Students: Visa sponsorship - PI011501


London Metropolitan University

After the University’s licence to sponsor new international students was revoked it reached an agreement with the UK Border Agency (at the time the relevant agency) to enable existing international students to continue studying there, so long as they were attending and progressing satisfactorily. Where the University was unable to confirm satisfactory attendance or progress, the student’s registration would be withdrawn.

The University withdrew a student’s registration but wrongly gave her the impression that this decision had been taken due to her failure to attend classes – the real reason was due to the poor marks she had achieved. The student based her appeal statement on the fact that she had attended classes but that her attendance may not have been logged as she had not used her smartcard to access university buildings. Had she been informed of the real reason why her registration had been terminated, she may have changed the focus of her appeal statement to the family bereavements she had experienced (including the death of her father). We found the complaint Partly Justified and recommended that the University should allow her to submit a fresh appeal statement and to reconsider her appeal accordingly.