We have a highly regarded and experienced team of immigration lawyers who also have extensive knowledge of the HE sector, so can provide advice, guidance and support on all aspects of immigration law tailored to the specific needs of HEIs.
Compliance with immigration laws is of crucial importance to the HE sector. International students sponsored under the Student immigration category are not only an important source of income for universities but also help broaden their international reach and add to the vibrancy of life on campus.
The ability to attract and employ highly qualified and skilled academics, and other staff from around the world is also extremely important and so most HEIs also hold a sponsor licence that allows them to sponsor workers under the Skilled Worker and Temporary Worker categories.
The regulatory burden associated with Student and Worker sponsorship continues to increase and presents a number of challenges which HEIs need to respond to.
Immigration law is forever changing and HEIs need to ensure that they are up to date with the rules and regulations in order to meet the numerous requirements with which they need to comply.
We can provide day to day advice and assistance or can enhance the in-house immigration expertise that many higher education institutions have through strategic advice, bespoke training and audits.
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We also advise universities and the academics they are hiring with applications under the Global Talent category.
The Start-Up category allows graduates with world-class ideas and entrepreneurial skills to remain in the UK to develop their business ideas. Start-Up visa holders may progress into the Innovator category. HEIs which have an established process for identifying, nurturing and developing entrepreneurs amongst their graduates and postgraduates are eligible to participate in either scheme using their discretion to decide which of its graduates to support. We can support universities with applications to become endorsing bodies and advise on compliance with the ongoing requirements.
We can provide comprehensive and bespoke immigration law training to ensure that HEIs are fully aware of the sponsorship obligations and are up to date with any changes which will impact on the sector, including:
We offer our HEI clients an immigration audit service, reviewing your procedures and processes to ensure you are compliant and ready for a visit from the UKVI's compliance teams. We can tailor an audit to your specific requirements.
We know only too well how easy it is for sponsors to get into difficulty complying with their sponsor duties and we have a wealth of experience in advising clients on how to proactively manage those duties so that problems do not arise. For those sponsors who are already having problems we are happy to assist and discuss your options with you.
If you have an immigration related query, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
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