Nichola Carter of Carter Thomas Solicitors and Judith Farbey QC of Doughty Street Chambers will be presenting a 3 hour training session entitled ‘Immigration law for universities and other education providers’ on behalf of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA).
The session, the first of its kind in the UK, will provide a comprehensive overview of immigration law as it affects the education sector and will include advice on action education providers should take to protect their sponsor licences in light of the announcements of 24 June 2014 and 29 July 2014. Not only will the session cover issues relating to Tier 4 sponsorship but it will also explore the legal issues surrounding the recruitment of international academics and provide solutions.
Topics covered will include:
- a detailed overview of the legal framework of Tier 4 sponsorship and relevant case law to date
- HTS compliance and best practice for maintaining sponsor licences
- judicial review of suspension/revocation of sponsor licences
- taking a centralised approach to sponsor licensing across all tiers (2, 4 and 5)
- the rules on partner institutions, branches, mergers and acquisitions, approved courses, academic progression, English language testing and other associated issues
- the student visitor, child visitor and extended student visitor rules
- recruiting international academics and researchers and issues relating to academic visitors.
Nichola has practised immigration law for almost two decades. Ranked consistently in the main legal directories since 2006, in its latest edition, The Legal 500 says she has ‘an unparalleled reputation in the sponsor licensing sphere, and is the true doyenne of Tier 4 sponsorship’.
Judith is a leader in the field of immigration law at Doughty Street Chambers. In addition to undertaking cases raising European and international human rights law, she has developed a niche in sponsor licensing in the further and higher education sector, having been described as having “an unrivalled strategic understanding” of this area of law.
Both Nichola and Judith worked on the London Metropolitan University case with Nichola advising the board and management of the University and Judith appearing for the National Union of Students. They have worked together on numerous other cases since then and have also delivered previously acclaimed courses for ILPA including: ‘Sponsorship for experienced practitioners’, ‘Judicial reviews for business practitioners’ and ‘Dealing with Disaster.’
Full details of the session, which will take place on 27 November 2014, and information about how to book a place can be found here.
If you work for an education provider and require legal advice on any immigration law issues, you are very welcome to contact us for an initial no cost discussion.