ANNOUNCEMENT 30 Aug 2012In August 2012, the British government announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Update (13-09-2012): http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Government-launches-fund-to-help-London-Met-students-6800a.aspx
Update (21-09-2012): http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/sep/21/london-metropolitan-university-reprieve-student-visa
Update (04-01-2013): http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsfragments/72-LMU-student-page
More than 2'000 non-EU students face deportation within 2 months as London Metropolitan University had its Highly Trusted Status (HTS), or visa issuing, rights revoked. The step was taken after an investigation by the UK Border Agency and was announced on the 30th August 2012. It was feared that students of London Met are simply using the pretext of attending courses to obtain British visas.
On 13th September 2012 Government announced a special Ł2M fund to help legitimate students to relocate to other universities. The fund can cover visa application fees and such payments as loss of deposit due to relocation.
Several weeks later, on 21st September 2012, a High Court judge has permitted some 1'000 students to stay. However, London Met is still not permitted to support visa applications.
On 4th January 2013 UK Border Agency has announced that all confirmed students of London Metropolitan University will be allowed to study until the end of the year or the end of their studies (whichever is sooner).