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U.K. Ends Overseas-Student Ban at London Met University

April 09, 2013

The U.K. government revoked a ban on foreign students attending London Metropolitan University after the institution proved it had systems in place to prevent bogus visa applicants.

The Home Office removed the university’s license to sponsor visas last August after it failed to address shortcomings identified by the now defunct U.K. Border Agency. It had not monitored whether students were turning up to lectures or checked whether others had leave to remain in the country, the agency said.

The government said today that a series of inspections carried out in the last six months “have demonstrated that the university has made the necessary improvements to its systems and administration.” London Met will be subject to a yearlong probation period, during which there will also be a limit on the number of international students the university can enroll.

“It is in the interest of international students that all institutions take their immigration responsibilities seriously and demonstrate that they comply with the rules,” Immigration Minister Mark Harper said in an e-mailed statement.

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