Hundreds of International Students Could Be Forced To Leave The UK After College Loses Its Licence
The Home Office has revoked the London School of Business and Finance licence to recruit non-EEA students, meaning the current intake studying at the institution will risk facing removal or be required to leave the UK by the end of next month.
Some students have paid up to £8,500 for their course. London School of Business and Finance’s rector and chief executive Prof Maurits van Rooijen has stated courses will be compressed to allow affected students to complete their studies before they are deported.
Tier 4 Sponsorship Requirements
Educational institutions who are granted a Sponsorship Licence to teach foreign-born students must comply with a number of obligations to retain their licence. The Home Office stated that the London School of Business and Finance had breached its compliance duties.
The college said the issue stemmed from "a technical discussion" about the proportion of non-EU students it had accepted whose visa applications had then been refused.
The relevant regulation, clause 2.14 of Tier 4 of the Points-Based System: Guidance for Sponsors states:
“A sponsor’s refusal rate must be less than 10 percent. This means that of all the CAS they have assigned that students have ‘used’ to support an application for leave to enter or remain, the total number of applications we refused must be less than 10 percent. For these purposes, a CAS is ‘used’ when it has been submitted in support of an application for leave to enter or remain and that application has been decided.”
Prof Van Rooijen said the college's own independently audited figures were "definitely within the margins" so it was "surprised and shocked" by the Home Office's conclusion.
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