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BAISIS - International student information checks and due diligence

  • Date: September 26, 2024
  • Time: 12:30 – 13:30
  • Cost: BAISIS member – £55, BSA member – £75, Member additional attendee – £25, Non-member – £110
  • Audience: Admissions staff, Marketing staff, Pastoral staff, Deputy Head, Head of Boarding, all staff involved in the successful integration of international students into the school community
  • Platform: Zoom (online)

Course Outline:

A crucial part of welcoming international students to your school relates directly to your UKVI sponsor duties and requirements. To ensure your approach is compliant as well as child-centred, this webinar will consider how these obligations can be seamlessly integrated into your international student induction process, fostering stronger connections with the students themselves, as well as their families and recruiting agents.

This webinar will provide attendees with a timely run through of where they should be with their international student induction and UKVI sponsor actions at this point of entry.

Training topics will include:

  • What are your UKVI sponsor requirements around student arrival and first month at school?
  • Including sponsor requirements in the wider induction process
  • Pre-arrival: getting to know families and working with trusted agents
  • Going beyond compliance.

Learning outcomes:

  • Improved understanding of embedding best practice around UKVI sponsor compliance
  • Suggestions for whole-school engagement with international student welcome and induction, and UKVI sponsor duties
  • Recommendations to strengthen compliance process and create child-centred, personalised practices.



Leigh Steer, Immigration Executive

Leigh joins BSA Group as Immigration Executive for BSA Group Legal Services Ltd. Having previously held the position of Registrar at an independent boarding school, Leigh has a deep understanding of the intricacies of sponsor licence compliance. Through her expertise, Leigh ensures that member schools are supported in all areas of UKVI sponsor licence compliance, including the intricacies of sponsor duties, CAS management and international student visa support.

Kate Hollyer, Executive Director, Legal & Public Affairs & Partner, BSA Legal Services Ltd

Kate is Legal Director of BSA Group and Director of BSA Legal Services Ltd. As a qualified solicitor with more than 10 years’ experience advising clients on UK immigration law, Kate assists members with all immigration and safeguarding legal matters. Prior to joining BSA in 2022 Kate was Partner and Head of Department at a leading full-service UK law firm. Having resided in state, preparatory and senior school boarding houses since 2014 with her Housemaster husband, Kate has a unique perspective of boarding life.