New academic year immigration tips for education providers – Tier 4, blended learning, EU students, right to study checks

Universities, colleges and schools in the UK are dealing with numerous difficult issues when planning for the new academic year. Here, we explore some of the main immigration complexities around Tier 4, blended learning, EU students and right to study checks that education providers may need to take into account. 

The Home Office has been issuing guidance during the coronavirus pandemic to assist the education sector with immigration related concerns. We’ve been covering key developments here.

Several concessions have been introduced which are, on the whole, welcome in relation to sponsored students. However, there remain a number of issues regarding the new academic year that education providers will need to consider, especially concerning blended learning options and what the end of the transition period may mean for EU students.

EU students and the UK’s immigration system
It is important that education providers understand the current and future UK immigration rules and requirements regarding EU, EEA and Swiss nationals (‘EU nationals’).

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is now in the transition period, also known as the implementation period. This is due to end on 31 December 2020. The Government’s position is that EU nationals who move to the UK to live, work and study from 1 January 2021 onward will need to obtain immigration permission, in much the same way as non-EU nationals do now.

new immigration system for the UK is currently being designed.

This blog was originally published on the Carter Thomas website.

As a commercial partner of IHE, Carter Thomas offer monthly one-to-one telephone calls.  There are five places on a first-come, first-serve basis to discuss – in confidence and on a no-charge basis – any general issues your institution may have regarding Home Office and UKVI compliance issues for student and staff visas. To arrange a one-to-one call please send an email to citing ‘Independent Higher Education’ in the subject line.

These sessions are not for the discussion of substantive legal issues – Carter Thomas offers IHE members a discount if substantive advice is needed.

  • On 1st July 2020