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2 Mar
International Boarders - Tier 4 update- March 02, 2017
02 Mar 2017 10:30 - 02 Mar 2017 15:30


International Boarders - Tier 4 update


Date: Thursday March 02, 2017


Audience: Senior school staff; registration, marketing and admissions staff


Why should you attend? International boarders are an important component of all UK boarding schools and now comprise about 33% of the total boarding population. The legislative and administrative requirements for those with Tier 4 visas are complicated and a critical area for schools. This workshop will provide an update on recent changes as well as an insight into the compliance issues of which schools need to be aware.

Outline programme:

  • Sponsorship and Tier 4 update
  • Critical issues for Tier 4 schools
  • Practical issues and solutions for Tier 4 schools.



Anna Lacey, Head of Student Migration Policy, Immigration & Border Policy Directorate, Home Office

Anna Lacey is Head of Student Migration Policy at the Home Office. Anna is an economist by profession and prior to joining Migration Policy, Anna was Joint Head of Analysis and Research for the Migration Advisory Committee Secretariat. Anna has experience in a wide range of areas within the Home Office, including providing economic support for alcohol and drugs policy and assessing the economic case for major investment decisions.

Ollie Carlisle, Head of Student Casework and Sponsorship, UK Visas & Immigration, Home Office

Ollie has worked in the Home Office for over 10 years, initially in a number of Temporary Migration operations including Accession Casework and Sponsorship. He spent two years working in the  private office of the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency, including six months as private secretary, and then a year in Immigration Enforcement implementing the 2014 Immigration Act. He rejoined Temporary Migration in October 2014 as the Deputy Director with responsibility for Points Based System Casework (Employment and Study Routes) and in January 2016 took responsibility for end-to-end PBS Study Operations (Sponsorship, Casework and Notifications) and the Initial Assessment Unit.

Hazar El-Chamaa, Partner, Penningtons Manches LLP

Hazar has over ten years’ immigration experience and has been advising education providers on all aspects of compliance, restructuring and business strategies since the inception of Tier 4. Her experience also includes advising on appeals, judicial review applications and challenges to Home Office decisions which affect sponsors. Hazar is a frequent speaker on immigration law and gives training on sponsor compliance and prevention of illegal working. She is an elected executive committee member of ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) and has been recommended by the Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession.

Penningtons is recognised as a key link between the Home Office and educational institutions in the process of implementing and working through PBS reform.


Cost:               £195 – Member

                        £235 – Non-member schools


London, International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, London, Greater London, W1W 5PN, United Kingdom