logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Forgotten your password?

A new phase for international students

1 February 2010

In March 2009, the government over-hauled the way students from outside the EEA and Switzerland gain entry to study in the UK.  Further to our article in Issue 9 of Education Update, Tier 4 management system: are partnership agreements the answer? the Home Office have announced that phase 4 of this new schemewill go live on the 22nd February. 

Once the fourth phase commences, visa letters will be obsolete and schools who sponsor international students will have to use the sponsorship management system to issue confirmation of acceptance to study.

The new streamlined scheme aims to stop fraudulent applications by students and institutions - with the fees from international students generating £2.5 billion a year there has been huge scope for abuse. 

With much emphasis placed on partnership working in the education sector should schools collaborate and share the administrative burden by joining forces?  This will mean students only need one visa and school will share the administration and costs.  On the other hand, it may lead to issues if one institution omits to fulfil their obligations or fails in their duties meaning both institutions would be held accountable given the singular nature of the application. 

Time will tell whether or not this more onerous system to tighten security will force schools to collaborate given the inevitable issues the scheme will throw their way.

Related opinions

Head of Education, Mark Blois celebrates 25 years of being an education lawyer

Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson’s national Head of Education, is marking a notable anniversary, an incredible 25 years as an education lawyer.

View blog

Be wary of events post-dating the presentation of an Employment Tribunal claim

In Sakyi-Opare v Albert Kennedy Trust, the EAT held that an Employment Tribunal erred in deciding a claim was out of time because it did not first consider the claimant’s application to amend her claim, which included events that post-dated her claim.

View blog

A level results: what this means for schools and higher education?

This year’s A Level results have been a resounding success and demonstrate the commitment and resilience of students, schools and school staff during these unprecedented times. However, there will inevitably be some students who are disappointed with the teacher assessed grade.

View blog

Does the move into Step 4 mean the ending of Covid-19 restrictions within schools?

With the Prime Ministers announcement that he intends for Step 4 to begin on 19 July, this will also bring an end to the restrictions currently in place on education settings.

View blog

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

View profile

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up