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London First welcomes the Home Office’s decision to reinstate London Metropolitan University’s international student sponsorship license

London First today welcomed the Home Office’s decision to re-admit non-European students to study at the London Metropolitan University from today, following the removal of its licence in August 2012.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“This is a common sense decision which we welcome.  The disproportionate action taken last August caused unnecessary distress to students studying here legitimately.

“The Government has said it wants to encourage the best and the brightest foreign students to study in the UK.  But the actions of the UKBA last year seemed to suggest otherwise.  Frequent changes to rules and procedures made it difficult for educational institutions to keep up with increasingly complex guidance.  There was a long process from inspection to revocation of the licence and poor communication  which left London Metropolitan in the dark financially and reputationally  vulnerable.

“We welcome the Home Office’s restructuring of the UKBA into two units and hope that the new regime will lead to a more pragmatic and proportionate approach that will restore the UK’s reputation abroad for fair and equitable treatment.”

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