Following the recent decision by the UK Home Secretary to suspend London Metropolitan University’s visa license, many students are facing turmoil and uncertainty in relation both to their studies and living arrangements. This issue has recently been the subject of much media attention with articles appearing in the Guardian newspaper and the BBC.
As Professor Malcolm Gillies, Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, stated in a feature piece on the BBC (20/08/12):
…The impact of this decision on London Met’s foreign students is potentially life-changing. Their visa and permission to be in the UK is entirely dependent on the fact that they are sponsored by a trusted organisation.
He also went on to add that the “The UKBA [UK Border Agency] has been confusing universities with [unscrupulous High Street] colleges” and that consequently the UKBA was being overly suspicious of universities.
This has massive ramifications for all parties concerned, with international students scrambling to find replacement courses there could be legal action running to tens of millions of pounds and UK universities put under pressure to retain their appeal in a competitive global education market. The legal effects could include a potential JR (Judicial Review) of the UKBA decision and individual students suing London Metropolitan University for massive personal losses.
Why use a UK Specialist Immigration Lawyer?
Lexlaw is a boutique law firm that can assist with immigration matters (including Tier 4 – Adult student visas). For students who are facing legal difficulties Lexlaw offers a free consultation over the phone or in person at our office in Middle Temple (just opposite the Royal Courts of Justice), London.
Lexlaw is critically placed to be able to provide authoritative legal advice and representation to those who are facing legal difficulties and uncertainty over legal processes resulting from the UKBA decision to revoke London Metropolitan University’s special status as a “Highly Trusted Sponsor” (HTS).
We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.
As a leading law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist your with your applications for any type of Visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the application process.
Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice on applications for UK Spouse Visas, UK Marriage Visas and UK Dependent Visas. To contact one of our Solicitors or Barristers please click here to complete a legal case assessment or telephone 0845 8622 529.