LSBF's sponsor visas for overseas students suspended by UK govt

September 04, 2015
London School of Business and Finance now won’t be able to sponsor any overseas student or workers other than the EU countries, as the UK government has suspended its license. 

After the UK coalition government has given nod to allow the private colleges to expand from 2010. LSBF which is a part of global university systems has become the country’s third-largest private contributor in terms of the public funding. In 2013-14, EU students of LSBF had claimed 56 million Euros from students loan funding.


The government had also cancelled the visa license of St. Patrick’ College in the beginning of this year.

Recently on the 1st of September, the government has removed the visa license from the sponsor registers of Tier 4 and Tier 2, which are used for granting visas to foreign migrants. 

“Existing sponsored students and workers may continue with their studies or employment until a final decision on the status of the license is made by the Home Office,” according to the statement of Immigration Department’s.

Last year as many as 57 private institution’s visa licenses were cancelled by the government, and LSBF was among them but later on restored it. 

“We regret UKVI’s decision to temporarily remove LSBF from the register of sponsors. It is tantamount to a temporary suspension. Having received and reviewed the data supplied by UKVI, which relates to visa refusal and course completion rates and which led them to their decision, we are confident that LSBF is 100 per cent compliant with its sponsor obligations.”

The college is hoping that the Visa and Immigration Department will soon receive the “representations correcting errors in UKVI’s initial assessment,‎ LSBF will be reinstated on the register of sponsors”.  “This decision does not impact our current students and their studies, which continue uninterrupted”. The college spokesperson said.

“Businesses and educational institutions that benefit from the immigration system must ensure they have robust recruitment and compliance systems in place or risk losing their privilege to sponsor workers and students.  We continually monitor all sponsors on the register and we will take action where we find evidence that a sponsor is not fulfilling all of its duties.” The government’s official spokeswoman said.

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