UK university loses T4 licence

12, March, 2015

Buckinghamshire New University in the UK has had its licence to recruit students from outside the European Union suspended after exceeding the visa refusal limit by a meagre 1.16 per cent – equivalent to three students.


The institution applied to have its licence renewed in October 2014, a month before the maximum threshold was lowered from 20 per cent to 10 per cent, but the government penalised the university for falling foul of the new target. However, the new rule was announced in July.

Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor, said, “We are continually working, as are all other UK universities, to improve our systems and processes in order to meet a challenging set of sponsorship rules, and our senior management team will be cooperating fully with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). We have been granted time to check our data against UKVI’s information and that work is already under way.”

The university has 20 days to appeal UKVI’s decision, but current non-EU students may continue with their studies regardless. However, students that have a visa but have not yet arrived in the UK are advised to postpone travel plans until the situation has been resolved. This is according to a statement released by the Home Office.

“[Universities] must ensure they have robust compliance systems in place or risk losing their privilege to sponsor foreign students,” a Home Office spokesperson told Times Higher Education.





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