Immigration for Independent Schools – How we can help

22 January 2020

We support independent schools to manage the recruitment and enrolment of their overseas students and staff, ensuring they remain compliant with ever-changing and complex Home Office policies.

Our Immigration services include:

  • Sponsor licence applications and compliance
  • Visa applications for international students & employees
  • Intervention against enforcement action taken by UKVI
  • Appeals & civil penalties Right to Work checks
  • Advice on managing the Sponsor Management System
  • Training for staff on changes to Immigration regulation

All Independent Schools are required to hold a Tier 4 Licence in order to enrol international students from outside the EU. Licence holders have an ongoing duty to comply with ever-changing and complex Immigration Rules in order to maintain their status as Highly Trusted Sponsors. Even minor breaches can lead to a licence being suspended or even revoked.

Whether you want to review your processes, prepare for an inspection by the Home Office, or challenge a decision made about your licence or visa application, our specialist immigration lawyers will ensure you remain legally compliant.

  • Advice on initial sponsorship applications and the appointment of suitable key personnel
  • Drafting of sponsor licence applications and advising on the appropriate supporting documentation
  • Audits on recruitment processes and record keeping to ensure compliance with ongoing sponsorship obligations
  • Intervention against enforcement action taken by UK Visas & Immigration, including suspension and revocation of licences
  • Training for staff on compliance duties and changes to Immigration regulation
  • Licence renewal applications

  • Assistance with visa applications and refusal decisions for students and staff
  • Advice on the UKVI ‘genuineness’ test and assessing whether a prospective student or employee satisfies the points criteria before the sponsor issues a certificate of sponsorship
  • Assistance reporting incorrectly issued Biometric Residence Permits

  • Assistance auditing staff and pupils to identify EU nationals and family members of EU nationals who will need to apply to the scheme
  • Advice regarding staff and student on eligibility, process and challenging negative decisions
  • Advice on alternative options for regularising Immigration status

We would also be delighted to discuss with you a bespoke pricing structure that meets your school’s unique requirements. Please contact one of our specialists who will be happy to discuss your matter with you:

Joanna Lada-Walicki: +44 (0)1483 464216

Ben Collingwood: +44 (0)1483 464204

Hesham Shoeb: +44 (0)1483 748548

Michelle Tudor: +44 (0)1483 464292