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Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration Compliance

The University is only able to recruit visa national students by having a Tier 4 (General) Licence and Tier 4 Sponsor Status that is regulated and audited against strict guidelines by the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Likewise the University is only able to offer employment to visa national staff and sponsored researchers by having a Tier 2 (General) and Tier 5 Licence (separate from Tier 4 licence) and again these are regulated and audited against strict Home Office guidelines.

The Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration can also undertake unannounced visits at any time during the year and has the power to revoke or suspend any or all of the University's licences at any time, if failure to comply is suspected or demonstrated. There is currently no appeal process against any decision made by the UK Visas and Immigration with respect to Licences, so any problems would involve the immediate restriction on recruiting International students. It would also involve the University in costly and lengthy legal action and while an ultimate decision may find in the University's favour, the financial and reputational damage would be extremely high.

The University takes its Licence responsibilities very seriously and has a central UKVI compliance team that oversees all elements of our Tier 4 Licence responsibilities. The University also has policies and processes in place that seek to ensure that all University operations are in compliance with Home Office requirements at all times.

For non urgent compliance queries please contact the compliance team on ukbacompliance@reading.ac.uk. For urgent compliance queries/problems please contact Katie Robertson.

Further information on the UK Visas and Immigration can be found on the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration website.

Our Institutional Tier 4 Compliance Policy

Recently approved by the University Executive Board, all students and staff should familiarise themselves with our Institutional Tier 4 Compliance Policy.

Contact us

Information on visa nationals  or urgent UKVI compliance queries:
Katie Robertson

For queries relating to UKBA compliance:

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