UK Post Study Work Visa Options

If you are an international student in the UK, there are a number of visa routes for you to consider that will allow you to remain in the country after you graduate.   UK post-study visa options for international graduates  Your UK post study visa options will depend on what you want to do after […]

Immigration Issues for the Education Sector

education sector immigration issues

The UK immigration system is failing UK academia. Visa processing is protracted, expensive and unpredictable, undermining the efforts of educational institutions to attract and retain global academic talent. The challenges are affecting both short-term academic visitors and longer-term recruitment programmes. The sector is missing out on staff and speakers and is in danger of losing […]

Global Mobility Issues for the Education Sector

education global mobility issues

The quest for excellence is encouraging a growing number of higher education institutions (HEIs) to reach out to international audiences, partners and collaborators. Increasingly, national governments are also recognising the advantages international engagement brings to their education systems, economy and society. The landscape that UK HEIs operate in is changing. The market for higher education […]

HR Issues for the Education Sector

education sector hr issues

The UK education sector has changed dramatically in recent years. The demands and challenges on schools, colleges and universities have increased, placing more pressure onto HR personnel.   Students as customers Education institutions currently face having to represent a hybrid model – perceived as having both an important public duty to carry out but also […]

Employment Law Issues for the Education Sector

education sector employment law issues

A number of significant recent employment cases and imminent legislative changes are affecting employers in the education sector.   Age discrimination & justifying pay policy  In Ewart v The Chancellor, Master and Scholars of the University of Oxford, the employment tribunal held that the dismissal of a University professor under an Employer Justified Retirement Age […]

Tier 5 Visa for Short-Term Skills Gaps

While the Tier 2 visa remains the main entry route to the UK for skilled workers, recent changes to the Immigration Rules may precipitate employers exploring alternative immigration options to meet talent needs. Among the alternative UK visa entry routes available for business purposes is the Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa. The Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa allows […]

Immigration Skills Charge & Rising Costs of Hiring Skilled Migrant Workers

The latest planned changes to UK immigration rules take effect in April 2017. They bring with them considerable financial implications for employers of skilled workers from outside the EEA, namely those hiring under the Tier 2 route. New Immigration Skills Charge From 6 April 2017 organisations who sponsor Tier 2 migrant workers will have to pay […]

UK Registered Traveller Service expanded to 16 new countries

The Home Office has announced the expansion of its Registered Traveller Service to include 16 additional countries.  Membership will now be open to passengers from: Argentina Belize Brazil Brunei Chile Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Israel Malaysia Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Uruguay  The changes take effect Monday 21 November 2016. According to Home Secretary […]

Post Study Work – Have Your Say

A couple of years ago, the Home Office cancelled the Post Study Work Visa scheme which allowed overseas students to work in the UK on the conclusion of their degree studies. Originally, the Scottish Executive introduced the visa scheme called Fresh Talent for Scotland which allowed the Scottish universities to compete against the universities located […]

Radical Changes for Education Sector Sponsors

We are used to the Home Office publishing new Sponsor Guidance and 6 April 2015 saw yet another number of key changes to Sponsor Guidance for Tier 4 sponsors. The greatest change to affect our clients within the education sector are the measures that will bring about an end to Highly Trusted status for Education […]