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London varsity to contest visa charges

world Updated: Sep 05, 2012 01:05 IST
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London Metropolitan University (LMU) is launching legal action against the UK Border Agency over its decision to strip the university of its powers to teach non-European students.

"London Metropolitan University has tonight instructed its lawyers, Penningtons Solicitors LLP, to commence urgent legal action to challenge the revocation of its Highly Trusted status for sponsoring international students, so that its students can return to study as a matter of urgency," it said in a statement on Sunday.

UKBA’s move affects around 2,600 international students — including 359 Indians — who must find alternative courses by December or leave Britain.

But LMU said the agency had "no evidence" to support its claim that many of the foreigners enrolled at LMU were bogus.

Its vice-chancellor, Malcolm Gillies, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday: "Our analysis with immigration lawyers demonstrates that this report of the UKBA is wrong."