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School Immigration Advice

Immigration Law Advice for Independent Schools

A working knowledge of immigration law and practice has never been so important to independent schools as today.

  • Almost 700 ISC schools are registered with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) under Tier 4 and independent schools sponsor around 15,000 overseas pupils each year.
  • Schools employ gap students and other overseas staff and the penalties for making HR errors can be serious.
  • Recent governments have taken an uncompromising line on migration, bringing pressure to bear on schools, pupils and staff – particularly those within schools who have a front line role in dealing with UKVI.

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Tier 4 Immigration Specialists

Tom Brett Young advises corporate clients on every aspect of UK immigration law, and as well as immigration applications made by individuals across Points-Based System immigration categories, EEA free movement, and discretionary applications.

Tom is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, and is regularly invited to speak on UK immigration and deliver training on business immigration for fellow immigration practitioners, lawyers of other disciplines, and corporate clients.

Matthew Burgess continues to provide unique insight and expertise in all aspects of Tier 4 immigration, ranging from sponsor compliance, applications and renewals, pupil visa applications and dealing with UKVI and the Home Office.  Formerly General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council, and now a consultant to the firm, Matthew led the independent sector’s engagement with the Home Office on the introduction of the points based system of immigration.

Experienced Immigration Lawyers

Our education sector immigration lawyers provide comprehensive coverage of all topics relevant to independent schools, including:

  • Tier 4 Status – the new requirements and how to cope with them
  • Migration checks on pupils – and other sponsor compliance responsibilities
  • Teaching partnership arrangements – how to document your relationship with pre-sessional providers
  • Relocating families – what you need to ask
  • Dependants and visitors – routes outside Tier 4
  • Employing gap students and other overseas staff
  • Reporting to UKVI
  • What to do when things go wrong
  • Sponsorship of non-EEA national employees under Tier 2

Proactive Legal Support

We keep our clients updated on the latest developments in immigration law through our Schools Law Brief and OnStream. We run practical immigration training seminars which can be tailored to your circumstances and delivered on site to help you comply with your reporting and compliance duties. And we have developed bespoke Tier 4 guidance packs for independent schools to improve successful visa application rates.

For specialist immigration advice or training from leading independent schools lawyers, please contact Tom Brett Young on 0121 227 3759.

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Meet the Team

Our independent schools lawyers have a broad variety of legal expertise and offer a full legal service to the independent schools sector

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A training programme for independent schools on specialist knowledge of safer recruitment, employment law, child protection and HR.
13 Jun 2019
Immigration Essentials for Independent Schools - Bristol
A seminar for key personnel – Authorising Officers, Key Contacts, Level 1 and 2 users of the sponsor management system.
6 Jun 2019