A Midland college has won a High Court injunction to be allowed to enrol overseas students amid a legal row with the UK Border Agency.
Bilston Community College had its licence to enrol foreign students revoked by border officials after they said the institution was “failing to meet its duties under immigration rules”.
The college’s ranking as a “Highly Trusted Sponsor” of non-EU students under the Tier 4 points-based system with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) was stripped on October 26 after officials said the college had failed to comply with immigration rules.
But the college said it is now “business as usual” after it won a court order last week to temporarily enrol non-EU students ahead of a planned judicial review.
The college claimed UKBA’s decision to revoke the licence was “unlawful”.
But border chiefs insist revoking the licence was the “right thing to do”.
A college spokesman said: “On the November 15 His honour Judge Mckenna at the High Court granted an application for an injunction against the UK Border Agency’s decision to refuse the application of Bilston Community College Ltd for Highly Trusted status.
“His honour Judge Mckenna further granted an application for an injunction to re-instate the sponsor licence back to Bilston Community College after the UK Border Agency ‘revoked’ it.”
Duties under immigration conditions include reporting students who fail to enrol for courses, alongside those who fail to turn up for classes.
A UKBA spokesman said: “We are disappointed with the court order that has enabled Bilston College to temporarily enrol non-EU students pending a judicial review.
“We maintain that revoking the college’s licence was the right course of action.”