“What you always do before you make a decision is consult. The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted. Then, once a policy is determined, you call on them to help you sell it.”
— Margaret Dole
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“ International students not only make a vital contribution to the UK economy but they also help make our education system one of the best in the world. But it has become very apparent that the old student visa regime failed to control immigration and failed to protect legitimate students from poor-quality colleges. The changes I am announcing today re-focus the student route as a temporary one, available to only the brightest and best. The new system is designed to ensure students come for a limited period, to study, not work, and make a positive contribution while they are here. ”
— Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, March 2011


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Event Details

Title: International Student Recruitment : Understanding and Working with the Points Based Immigration System
Date: Thursday 10th May 2012
Time: 10:15am — 4:30pm
Venue: Broadway House
Register your place


It is now more than two years since the most radical shake-up of Britain’s immigration laws for nearly four decades came into force. The complex and often confusing legislation dating back to the 1971 Immigration Act was superseded by a “single, consistent and coherent framework” for dealing with potential immigrants.

As part of the immigration points-based system (PBS) implementation process, Tier 4 category regulations covering non-EU/EEA students came into force at the end of March 2009. With many colleges having already lost their sponsor’s license during this first year of the new framework, the impact on education providers of all types across the UK has been profound.

Following a major public consultation, new measures designed to curb continuing widespread abuse of the student visa system have recently been announced. The proposed reforms seek to make entrance criteria tougher, introduce new limits on work entitlements and close the post-study work route.

With the international student market providing such a significant contribution economically, academically and culturally to this country’s education sector, particularly universities, it is imperative that institutions are up to speed with the new system and are fully compliant with UK Border Agency procedures.

This special one-day training seminar, provides a timely opportunity for education providers, international student recruitment officers and advisers to understand the new immigration landscape and its impact on vetting, sponsoring and recruiting overseas students. As well as providing an overview of the new legislative framework, some of the themes to be explored at the seminar include:

  • Understanding the Immigration Points-Based System
  • Understanding the Legal Framework for International Student Recruitment
  • Ensuring Your Institution is Licensed and Maintains Compliance
  • Legislative Update, UKBA Priorities and the PBS in Practice


09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:15 Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:30 The Government’s Vision
  • Legislative Update
  • UK Border Agency Procedures and Priorities
11:15 Refreshments
11:30 The Legal Framework
  • Sponsoring and Recruiting International Students on Tier 4 Visas
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Understanding and Working with the Points Based System I
  • The Role and Responsibilities of Highly Trusted Sponsors
14:00 Understanding and Working with the Points Based System II
  • The Practicalities of Sponsorship
  • Helping International Students Through the Visa Process
14:30 Refreshments
14:45 Case Study: Assessing the Impact on Universities, FE Colleges and Private Education Providers
15:30 Final Questions and Chair’s Closing Remarks
15:40 Networking Reception
16:30 Close

Who Should Attend?

  • Overseas Student Recruitment Officers
  • Accreditation Bodies
  • Curriculum Authorities
  • College & University Administrators
  • Equal Opportunities Officers
  • Equality, Diversity & Human Rights Practitioners
  • Immigration Advisers
  • Careers Advisers
  • Employee Relations Advisers
  • Legal Advisers
  • Overseas Recruitment Agents
  • Student Affairs & Welfare Bodies
  • Funding Councils
  • Research Councils
  • HR Professionals
  • Training Managers
  • Recruitment Advisers
  • Organisational Development Professionals
  • Campaigning Organisations
  • NHS Employers
  • Local Authority Officers & Councillors
  • Private Sectors Employers
  • Public Sector Employers
  • Small Business Owners
  • Central Government Departments & Bodies
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Citizen’s Advice & Third Sector Practitioners
  • Trade Union Representatives
  • Academics

How to Book

Phone: 0845 606 1535
Fax:     0845 606 1539
Email: bookings@publicpolicyexchange.co.uk