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UK Visas helps independent schools, colleges, and universities prepare for, apply for, and keep their Tier 4 Sponsor Licence.

If you require one-to-one advice and guidance from an immigration expert, please get in touch with us on 01403 801801 or use the contact form on this page to arrange a meeting.


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The Tier 4 Sponsor Licence Experts

International students can provide significant income for UK schools, colleges, and universities, as well as helping to diversify the student community. 

Management of international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) has become increasingly challenging, with school staff having to undertake complex tasks usually given to immigration officers. This daunting responsibility can mean costly mistakes are made during the process, which is why many education institutions are outsourcing this work to specialists, such as UK Visas.  

Our professional education immigration team specialises in helping educational institutions prepare for, apply for, and maintain the duties of their Tier 4 Sponsor Licence. We cater to both the Tier 4 (General) category and the Tier 4 (Child) category. 


Ensuring Tier 4 Compliance 

There are numerous potential pitfalls to ensuring your school remains compliant with Tier 4 regulations. We’re here to take the pressure off your hands, so you can focus on doing what you do best. 

It’s an unfortunate fact that Home Office inspections do not assess educational institutions based on their academic results, rather they’re assessed on their competence as de facto immigration officers. 

Therefore, being able to understand the rules and regulations involved, as well as having the ability to apply them is crucial. We will represent your school during inspections, and ensure your internal processes stand up to UKVI scrutiny


Compliance Training 

There is very little training on offer when it comes to Tier 4 compliance. Many school staff therefore end up following a ‘teach yourself’ approach. 

UK Visas have been an OISC immigration adviser since 2003, making us ideally placed to train schools on their Tier 4 sponsor duties.

We offer personalised, helpful compliance training to suit the needs of UK schools, which can be delivered in-house at a time and date that suits you. 

Training programs cover new topics such as: developments to the Tier 4 system, how to ensure compliance, how to effectively manage CAS, and how to prepare for an inspection. 

Reducing Application Refusal Rates 

A student visa refusal rate of just 10% can result in the suspension or revocation of your sponsor licence, causing you to be removed from the Tier 4 Register of Sponsors.Reducing refusal rates is one of the biggest challenges a school faces.

We are accredited by the Home Office to prepare and submit Tier 4 Visa applications, and guarantee the success of these by virtue of our “No Win – No Fee” guarantee. We also advise on the suitability of students and are able to issue CAS on your behalf when we are confident the application and supporting documentation is compliant with UKVI immigration rules and policy. 

This eliminates the instances of refusal and means you can rest in the knowledge that your Tier 4 Sponsor Licence is not at risk.

Our Tier 4 Sponsor Services

The services we can provide for schools, colleges, and universities include:

Tier 4 Sponsor Licence application
Tier 4 Pre Sponsor Licence readiness audit
Staff training on Tier 4 sponsor duties 
Guidance on passing Tier 4 basic compliance assessments
Mock Tier 4 Home Office compliance visit
Dispute support – Home Office compliance action, licence restrictions and revocation
Tier 4 sponsored pupils/students visa application guidance 


How Can UK Visas Help You?

Our team are dedicated to offering expert Tier 4 sponsor guidance. Get in touch with us on 01403 801801 or use the contact form on this page to arrange a meeting. 


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For more than a decade we have been assisting businesses and individuals with immigration and visa enquiries, providing sound advice and successfully handling applications.

We have a highly trained and knowledgeable workforce who enjoy providing clients with the best possible outcomes.

Tel: 01403 801801



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We provide a ‘No Win – No Fee’ guarantee for all points-based system visa applications unless expressly stated at the time of appointment. We will guarantee our service for these applications by offering a full refund on our fee should it be unsuccessful.

These guaranteed terms are conditional upon the client being able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Home Office that they have earned the income claimed or that they have the necessary funding in place for maintenance or are fully conversant with their business plan in the case of Tier 1 Entrepreneurs.

It also presumes that neither the applicant nor their dependants have previously come under scrutiny or been under investigation by the Home Office for any immigration matter. In order that we can do our job properly the necessary information and details required should be made available and they must genuine as well as accurate.