Notice of Conflict of Interest
The purpose of this notice is to explain in writing to applicants and students who use the University’s immigration advice service, that our advisers are employed by the University and have a legal duty to meet the University of Reading’s Student sponsor licence duties. Therefore, there may be an inherent conflict of interest, and it may not always be in the best interests of the applicant or student for the University’s immigration advice service to provide immigration/visa advice in all scenarios.
For example, if an applicant or student discloses a potential breach of conditions such as, working more hours than their visa allows or claiming public funds, the University has a legal duty to report the details of the potential immigration offence to the Home Office.
In this scenario, the applicant or student should instead seek independent immigration/visa advice from either an OISC registered solicitor of their own choosing or the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).
You must give your consent that you understand this conflict of interest before we can advise you on immigration matters.