We have a specialist team of qualified solicitors who can assist and advise you on all aspects of immigration law.
We frequently assist with general immigration matters such as Sponsor Licence applications, preparing for a compliance visit from UK Visas and Immigration, ongoing compliance with your sponsorship duties and forming partnerships with other education providers.
Immigration law is forever changing and you need to ensure that you are up to date with the rules and regulations in order to meet the numerous requirements with which you need to comply.
We can advise you on the requirements for immigration matters which affect students, including the Tier 4 (General) student and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) categories, as well as immigration issues affecting members of staff, including Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsorship, visiting academics, and advice for EEA national employees on the proactive steps they can take in advance of the UK's exit from the EU.
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This immigration category allows graduates with world-class ideas and entrepreneurial skills to remain in the UK to develop their business ideas. Universities who have an established process for identifying, nurturing and developing entrepreneurs amongst their graduates and postgraduates are eligible to participate in the scheme, each being allocated a share of 1,000 places, using their discretion to decide which of its graduates to support. We can support universities with applications to join the scheme and advise on compliance with the ongoing requirements.
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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 to the Immigration Rules which will impact on the sector.
We offer our HEI clients an immigration audit service where we review your procedures and processes to ensure you are compliant and ready for a visit from the UKVI's compliance teams.
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.
We are able to help with specific queries, general queries and strategic advice. We also have many template policies available.
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