WHAT WE DO
The Visa Club is run in association with CarterThomas Solicitors, a legal firm specialising in immigration issues for higher education providers. This is a virtual network and the services provided are:
- Teleconferences with updates on changes to regulations and guidance from UKVI and Home Office for visas required by international students and staff;
- One-to-one phone calls with CarterThomas for general advice on immigration queries from individual HE providers;
- Workshops for knowledge exchange on compliance issues for students and staff.
Since the vote on the EU Referendum in June 2016, specific guidance and updates have been provided on residency requirements for EU students and staff.
From 2018 the following workshops have been held:
January 2018 ‘The student journey: from right to study to right to work’. Risk management processes for study visas and work conditions, with speakers from Anglia Ruskin University, University of Greenwich, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Carter Thomas Solicitors.
April 2018 ‘Immigration: how to be a compliant sponsor under Tiers 2 and 5 and other work related routes’. Aimed at HR and immigration compliance staff, and led by speakers from Goldsmiths, University of London, and Carter Thomas Solicitors. Attended by representatives from nearly 20 HEIs and organisations including some from outside of London.
January 2019 ‘Sponsorship under Tier 5‘‘. Temporary visits and exchanges for academic researchers with 25 attendees and presentations from the event can be found below:
- Tier 5 Government Authorized Exchange: a HEI persepective
- The future of non-HEI Tier 5 (Temporary Worker GAE) schemes and the current route.
- Amity London
- Anglia Ruskin University, London
- Brunel University London
- Buckinghamshire New University.
- City, University of London
- Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
- Coventry University London
- The Courtauld Institute of Art
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- Imperial College London
- Kingston University London
- London Metropolitan University
- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Loughborough University in London
- Middlesex University
- Newcastle University London
- Northumbria University London
- Ravensbourne University London
- Royal Academy of Music
- Royal Holloway, University of London
- UNIC Northampton
- University College London
- University of East London
- University of Greenwich
- University of Law
- University of Liverpool in London
- University of Roehampton
- The University of Notre Dame in England