LONDON--Fifteen university students from the Philippines are among the 2,000 foreign students facing deportation after British immigration revoked the London Metropolitan University’s license, reports BalitaPinoy.net. This is the first time a university’s ability to sponsor students from outside the European Union has been totally withdrawn by the UK Borders Agency (UKBA), which suspects some students have faulty documentation. Malcolm Gillies,
Vice Chancellor of LMU, protested that the university has not been directly contacted by the agency.
“To learn that we might have our HTS status revoked via a newspaper, with the panic that this can cause for thousands of students, is outrageous,” Gillies said. Students affected have 60 days to find another college to sponsor them or they must leave the UK. This is a serious blow as it comes just days before the start of a new scholastic year. –Aug. 30 2012