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Immigration experience in the education sector

Immigration legislation and guidance is constantly changing with the government imposing further requirements and conditions concerning international staff and students. The damage caused to an institution by restrictions being imposed on its ability to recruit international students and staff or, in the worse case scenario, having its licence revoked, cannot be underestimated. The impact of being unable to recruit students or retain key international members of staff would not only be costly but would also severely impact upon the quality of its education provision.

Our immigration team provides institutions with the highest quality expert advice on all areas of immigration in relation to student and staff issues to ensure compliance with the immigration legislation, rules and UKVI guidance.

We provide a full service offering and our experience includes the following:

  • Advising institutions on their duties as sponsors, both under Tier 2 and Tier 4.
  • Advising and assisting institutions with sponsor licence applications and renewals (under both Tier 2 and Tier 4) and HTS applications and renewals.
  • Providing advice to institutions who have had their licences suspended, downgraded or revoked and successfully representing institutions in challenging these decisions.
  • Carrying out mock audits to assist institutions in ensuring they are sufficiently prepared for an inspection by UKVI and preparing reports highlighting areas for improvement.
  • Advising on the options for bringing international staff into the UK.
  • Advising institutions in setting up collaborations with private providers for the provision of courses including pre-sessional courses to students, and working closely with UKVI to achieve a successful outcome when such arrangements have been challenged. 
  • Providing advice to institutions in relation to student complaints and judicial review proceedings. 
  • Advising on the category of Visitors Undertaking Permitted Paid Engagements, including the process to be followed and the appropriate documentation which institutions need to provide to individuals. 
  • Advising on the options for bringing academic researchers to the UK.

What people say about us?

Eversheds LLP regularly advises universities on immigration matters such as retaining Highly Trusted Sponsor status, key obligations in sponsoring international students, and best routes for recruiting overseas staff into the UK.”

Legal 500 2013

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