In August 2012 London Metropolitan University became the first publicly funded education establishment to have its Tier 4 sponsor licence revoked.

Penningtons’ immigration and dispute resolution teams have assisted the university with its legal challenge which resulted in the High Court granting the university permission to challenge the UK Border Agency’s decision to revoke its Tier 4 sponsor licence. Upon the grant of permission it was agreed that existing students with valid leave should be allowed to continue their studies for one academic year or until their current course completes (whichever is sooner).  London Metropolitan University is so far the only education establishment to be allowed to teach existing students despite having its licence to recruit new international students revoked. The decision also leaves the University in the unique position of being allowed to apply for a new sponsor licence whilst teaching its current students. For more information, please click here.

Those familiar with the system of sponsorship will be aware that the UKBA guidance for Tier 4 sponsors has been subjected to numerous amendments over recent years. This has resulted in education establishments having to constantly amend their policies and processes to ensure that they remain compliant with their sponsor obligations. The immigration team at Penningtons continues to advise Tier 4 sponsors on general compliance issues and areas of best practice.