Student visa chaos 英國學生簽證混亂

更新時間 2012年 9月 10日, 星期一 - 格林尼治標準時間16:06

Vocabulary: studying abroad 海外留學

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Is it right to tell students to pack their bags and leave the UK halfway through their degree courses?

Up to 2,700 overseas students have to leave the country or find an alternative course by 1 December, after a British university has been stripped of the right to recruit international students. London Metropolitan University is no longer allowed to authorise visas for students outside the European Union after its licence was revoked.

The UK Border Agency made this controversial decision after it found that London Metropolitan University has not taken adequate measures to ensure applicants are genuine students. It claims that more than a quarter of the 101 students sampled have no right to remain in the UK and that there isn't proper evidence to show students have reached a satisfactory level of English. It says there are also attendance monitoring issues, which means it is impossible to know whether students are turning up for lectures.

The UK Border Agency's decision has been widely criticised for damaging the reputation of the UK's universities and disrupting legitimate students. Donna Marie Winstanley, from Hong Kong, doesn't know whether she'll be allowed to finish her university course: "If you have studied in London, you are more likely to get a better job in Asia. (…) I've already paid around £16,000 in fees and was preparing to pay just over £8,000 for this year's fees."

MPs have called on Immigration Minister Damian Green to allow existing students to finish their degree courses, but Mr Green said he would "enforce the rules". Some prioritise a crackdown on illegal immigration while others think current students should be allowed to stay: which school of thought do you subscribe to?

Quiz 測驗

1. True, false, or not given? Hundreds of students have to leave the UK or find a course at another institution.

False. Thousands of students (up to 2,700) have to leave the UK or find a course at another institution.

2. Find two verbs in the article that mean 'to take away'.

To strip of, to revoke.

3. What did the UK Border Agency decide to do?

The UK Border Agency decided to revoke London Metropolitan University's licence to recruit overseas students.

4. Why is this decision controversial?

Some people disagree with the decision and think current students should be allowed to finish their courses. They also think this will damage the reputation of the UK's universities.

5. Which word in the article means 'a strict enforcement of rules'?

A crackdown.

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