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Glyndwr Uni Remains Suspended Over Visa Sponsorship Problems

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014.

Glyndwr University’s ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor Status’ remains suspended after feedback from UKVI on what was expected to be final decision day on its visa issues.

Today a decision on an appeal against suspension of the university’s ‘Highly Trusted Status’ from back in June was expected, deciding if the University’s licence was to be revoked or reinstated.

A statement from Glyndwr University this afternoon said: “The UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) has responded to Glyndwr University today on the current suspension of the University’s HTS licence.”

“UKVI are seeking clarification on a small number of issues. The University remains in positive discussion with the UKVI and the situation is unchanged.”

“There is nothing more to add at this time. The University remains suspended.”

Earlier Wrexham.com had spotted that the University’s name had not returned to the updated UKVI list, however it is not unknown for the list to be updated more than once in a day. Glyndwr University was removed from the list at the time of their suspension.

The decision in June resulted in the university being removed from the register of licensed Tier 4 providers while the Home Office conducted further investigations into its ability to fulfil its sponsorship duties.

The suspension was imposed by the Home Office after it was revealed that an estimated 230 students had invalid English language certificates.

Glyndwr University was one of three universities and 57 private colleges to have had their licences either suspended or temporarily suspended. The suspension came as part of a nationwide investigations into allegations that some students had been using fraudulent English Language tests to gain their visas.

During the suspension the university was unable to issue any new CAS or visa extensions to students. However students who already had valid Tier 4 visas still received their sponsorships, although no extensions were able to be issued.

Last month the submitted its formal response to the UK Visa and Immigration service following allegations of fraudulent language tests.

Since the suspension a number of concerns and comments have been raised on our forums regarding the potential future implications on the university if it were to lose its ‘Highly Trusted Sponsorship Status’.

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