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UK university ejects Nigerian students as they face deportation

Teesside University have ejected some Nigerian students and ordered them to leave the UK, the BBC said. The report said that a currency crisis left the affected students struggling to pay tuition fees on time.

The affected students stated that the value of Nigeria’s naira plummeted and wiped out their savings.

One of them, Adenike Ibrahim told the BBC that she was close to handing in her dissertation at the end of two years of study, when she missed one payment and was then kicked off her course and reported to the Home Office.

She subsequently paid the outstanding fees, but said she had not been re-enrolled and was told she must leave the country, along with her young son.

“I did default [on payments], but I’d already paid 90% of my tuition fees and I went to all of my classes,” she said.

“I called them and asked to reach an agreement, but they do not care what happens to their students.”

“It has been heartbreaking for my son especially, he has been in so much distress since I told him,” Ms Ibrahim added.

A university spokesman said: “Teesside University is proud to be a global institution with a diverse student population but is also very aware of its obligations regarding visa issuance and compliance.

“These strict external regulations ensure that the university fully supports a robust immigration system and is outside of the university’s control.”

The spokesman added it was “aware of the challenging financial situation faced by some students” and had “actively offered bespoke payment plans where requested”. 

“This option has been taken up by many of our international students; however, some students have still defaulted on these revised payment plans,” he said.

The Home Office said a decision to offer or withdraw visa sponsorship rested with the sponsoring institution.

A spokesman said wherever a visa was shortened or cancelled, individuals should “take steps to regularise their stay or make arrangements to leave the UK”.

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