Bursar’s Review Autumn 2020 Sample

Feature 13 @the_isba Autumn 2020 Schools should conduct a review of their current pupils and staff looking at where they are from and where they expect new pupils and staff will come from in the future. EEA pupils coming to the UK from 1 st January 2021 onwards will need to qualify under the new Child Student immigration category which is replacing the current Tier 4 (Child) visa. Pupils over the age of 18 will need to be sponsored under the Student route, which is replacing Tier 4 (General). Schools without a Tier 4 licence may consider applying for one now if they think it likely they will need to sponsor visa applications by EEA national pupils in the future. Schools which already have a Tier 4 licence will automatically become Student and Child Student sponsors. They should review their operations to ensure full compliance and also consider whether additional resources will need to be made available to operate that licence if it seems likely that the school will need to use its licence more. Similar consideration should be given to Tier 2 sponsorship in relation to staff from the EEA. Question six: Will it be harder to recruit foreign national teachers after the end of the Brexit transition period? In some ways, things will become easier. The Skilled Worker category will replace Tier 2 (General) with the current requirements for a ‘resident labour market test’ to be conducted before sponsoring workers from overseas and the cap on the number of Tier 2 sponsored workers both being removed. So sponsoring teachers from outside the EEA will be easier than it is now. However, after the transition period teachers from EEA countries will either need to hold their own immigration status (eg pre- or settled status granted under the EUSS) or be sponsored by the school wanting to employ them under the Skilled Worker category. Recruitment of EEA nationals will therefore be much more complicated and costly than it is at present. Author Tom Brett-Young Partner and head of immigration team at VWV www.vwv.co.uk

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