For many years, UK boarding schools have welcomed pupils from all over the world and they
have appreciated the cultural richness these pupils bring to their schools and colleges. There
have always been restrictions and Visa application demands for non-EEA citizens but Brexit
has now added an extra layer of complication for schools hoping to recruit pupils from the
European Union.
From 01 January 2021, the Tier 4 Student Visa, now called the Child Student and Student
Visa, became a requirement for EEA and non-EEA nationals, making this a global application
system. The management and responsibility for Visa acquisition can be a daunting task for
schools as it requires in-depth understanding of all aspects of the process and immigration
rules and compliance requirements and the additional demands post Brexit is likely to put a
significant extra burden on Admissions Departments.

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