We advise higher and further education providers, English language centres and independent schools and are regarded as having ‘an unparalleled reputation in the sponsor licensing sphere‘ (The Legal 500).
We have worked with numerous organisations on key issues affecting the sector, including UKCISA, London Higher, Independent HE, British Council, English UK, the Independent Schools Council, the Boarding Schools’ Association and Westminster Higher Education Forum. We are often invited to speak at conferences and/or provide high level training in addition to our regular client work.
Our clients are based across the UK and benefit from our ability to resolve potential issues at an early stage, our discreet approach and our transparent pricing structure.
CoS assigning and sponsor licence management service
We can provide you with advice on the most effective way to apply for, structure and operate your sponsor licence.
We can also take over the management of your worker sponsor licence if required, including assigning CoS, preparing immigration applications for your workers and ensuring your licence is up to date.
Our assistance covers all workers from international teachers, lecturers and other academics, to management and technical staff.
Compliance review service (‘mock audit’)
We provide a bespoke compliance review service, and preparation for UKVI audits, for education providers holding a sponsor licence. This can cover both students and workers.
Subject to your needs, this may involve:
- a partner-led compliance review of your systems, procedures, files, risk profile and any specific areas you are concerned about. A report is produced setting out key areas of concern and action needed;
- mock interviews to prepare for UKVI audits;
- advice on measures you can adopt immediately to begin to minimise risk.
At the beginning we will spend time discussing your specific needs and priorities and we will tailor our service accordingly. In line with our overall approach to legal costs, our pricing structure for on-site training and compliance reviews is competitive and transparent.
Sponsor licence suspensions, revocations and other enforcement action
We have substantial experience advising clients that are subject to UKVI enforcement action and investigations and have persuaded UKVI on numerous occasions to allow sponsors threatened with enforcement action to retain their licences.
If your organisation is affected, we will be on hand to advise you on the legal options and risks, make recommendations, negotiate on your behalf and prepare representations. We can also help you with brand protection and media strategies.
Immigration services for education providers: How our immigration solicitors can help
Our solicitors are experienced in all aspects of UK immigration and sponsorship law. If you require a compliance review of your current systems and processes, legal advice on a specific issue or assistance sponsoring your workers, we would be happy to help.
Please contact us or use the enquiry form below.