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Working with UK universities

Recent legislation has made it increasingly difficult for overseas students to live, work, and study in the UK. Due to the UK government’s current policies on immigration, thousands of overseas student applications are target for refusal by the Home Office. As it stands, the majority of initial applications for overseas students coming to the UK are provided by agents based in the student’s home country, many of who are unqualified immigration advisors. A recent change has meant that students whose applications are refused cannot appeal against this refusal. A large number of application refusals can have a damaging effect on the university’s license to sponsor non-EU students, which in turn could be detrimental to the university’s revenue.

New, incoming Home Office rules will also mean that private landlords and letting agents renting property to overseas nationals will need to make checks on this group of people, making renting for overseas students potentially problematic.

Our solicitors have extensive experience in working with educational establishmentsSome of the ways in which we can help you include:

  • Train overseas agents (in person and via webinars) to make sure they are up-to-date with all relevant recent developments in UK law and policy
  • A dedicated telephone advice line to answer any questions that your advisors or agents may have about sponsoring students under tier 4 of the Points Based System
  • A compliance and audit service to you and your overseas agents, as experts in accreditation issues
  • Help as much or as little with applications you or your agents desire – from quick questions to in-depth research
  • Act for your students in administrative review and judicial review applications
  • A service for private landlords, letting agents, and tenants (in this case, overseas students) to provide a legal check which will exempt the landlord from a fine for illegally renting property to overseas nationals
  • Adapt your HR processes to make sure that you are compliant with Home Office obligations
  • Conduct mock Home Office audits to help you implement systems to keep correct records, comply with strict reporting duties required under a sponsorship licence, and that your processes and procedures are in line with immigration law and policy
  • Advise you about issuing Certificates of Acceptance of Studies
  • Help you to manage the sponsorship process by acting as your appointed Level 1 or Level 2 user

Please contact our Immigration Team by telephone on +44 (0)207 959 2358 or by email at to discuss your requirements.


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