Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

International Student Advice and Support

Visa Advice

Visa & Immigration Advice

The information provided in the following pages will help answer many of your questions. However, if you want advice based on your personal situation, please contact us.

Everyone providing immigration advice or immigration services in the UK, including licensed sponsors must comply with the OISC's Code of Standards. We also comply with the UKCISA Code of Practice. Our advisers are careful to work within their level of competence. If your matter is complicated you may be advised to seek the help of a Solicitor. In this instance we would signpost you to the Law Society to find a suitable practitioner. 

If you have any complaints about the immigration advice provided to you, you may use the complaints procedure of the Student Advice and Support Service, or you can use the OISC complaints procedure

Our authority to give advice

Our advisers are authorised to give immigration advice under a Ministerial Order which exempts licensed sponsors (those who have been granted a sponsor license under Tiers 2 or 4 by the Home Office)  from the requirement of being regulated by the OISC when providing immigration advice, or immigration services, free of charge to migrants they are sponsoring, or intend to sponsor under the terms of their sponsorship license and to their immediate family members and dependents.

This order was made in terms of the powers conferred on the Secretary of State by sections 84(4)(d) and 166 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This means that we are licensed by the Home Office to assist students and their dependents with immigration advice and services, without the need to be regulated by the OISC.

The advice that may be provided under the terms of this exemption must be:

  • provided free of charge by the licensed sponsor or an employee of the licensed sponsor and not a third party;
  • must be restricted to matters relating to a migrants (being sponsored by the licensed sponsor) application under Tier 2 or Tier 4 or to an application for entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain made by the persons immediate family and which is dependent on the migrants application under Tier 2 or Tier 4 of the Points-Based system.

The Student Advice and Support Service is authorised to provide immigration advice and services by an order made under section 84(4)(d) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V Exemption: Educational Institutions and Health Sector Bodies) Order 2001 (Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 1403)). Should you have a complaint about the service you can use the Student Advice and Support Service's complaints procedure or you can use the OISC Complaints Scheme.