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Visa Compliance Officer (Maternity Cover)

Deadline for applications: August 10th

Study Group is a global leader in preparing students for international academic success and rewarding careers through a transformational learning experience. We teach customised programmes across higher, language and online education starting from high-school to life-long learning. Study Group operates own colleges and partners with leading universities across UK, Europe, North America and Australasia. Every year our global recruitment teams enrol over 63,000 students from 170 countries. University partners trust us to increase their international footprint, access student diversity and provide assured progression, so they can continue to focus on academic excellence. For more information, visit

Job Purpose:

To ensure that Study Group is fully compliant with its obligations as a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor. Work closely with colleagues across the UK business to provide guidance and expertise for both students and staff for all matters concerning the UKVI, Home Office and student visas.

Salary: Competitive
Status: FTC and Full Time (Maternity Cover - initial 6m fixed term contract)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with appropriate and relevant colleagues, stakeholders and students within the College network to ensure compliance with the UKVI rules and regulations, taking advice from the Visa Compliance Manager as required
  • Manage SMS system as Level 1 user, including inputting data onto college Study Global system, making course changes, study location changes, withdrawals, early course completions and visa refusals
  • Run regular audits to ensure consistent accuracy of student data.
  • Organise visa workshops/training events for staff
  • Assess application documents and all relevant documents
  • Provide current and accurate advice on visa compliance
  • Adopt a proactive approach to the development of the role by reviewing and researching the procedures of the job on an on-going basis to improve the service to students, stakeholders and staff and ensure compliance with UKVI procedures and requirements
  • Undertake allocated duties within given time frames, working independently when required
  • Contribute to the work of the Central Compliance team, including attending meetings and undertaking other duties as required
  • Attend appropriate training courses
  • Participate in the appraisal system
  • Respect the confidential nature of information relating to the College network
  • Undertake additional duties as required by the line manager

Qualifications & Training


  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy. Grades A-C in English language and Maths A-level or equivalents
  • Undergraduate or professional qualification or equivalents


  • UKCISA or equivalent immigration training or Continuing Professional Development
  • Postgraduate or professional qualification or working towards this

Experience Required


  • In-depth knowledge of the UKVI policies and procedures in relation to UK immigration in the education sector (Tier 4).
  • Experience of using the UKVI Sponsor Management System (SMS) on a regular basis.
  • Held the role of a SMS Level 1 or Key contact with UKVI
  • Working with international students in a FE/HE education environment
  • Ability to work effectively and accurately under pressure


  • Able to demonstrate up to date sector training on immigration requirements
  • Experienced in working with student records databases



  • Strong customer service skills
  • High lever user of MS office, especially Outlook and Word
  • Ability to use multiple systems
  • Good attention to detail
  • To be able to work as an individual as well as a team member
  • Conscientious and reliable


  • Additional languages

Organisational compliance

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students, and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. 

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Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role, including checks with past employers, an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and overseas criminal records checks if appropriate. 

How to apply

Please apply with a completed application form to Peter Skillen, Director, Risk and Compliance, UK & Europe Higher Education at

Application deadline: Friday August 10th

What does a role at Study Group mean?


We are a unique business within the sector, giving our people a completely different working experience.


We have a large global network and encourage collaboration across the whole business. We work with a number of partners across the network including top tier universities.


We encourage innovation throughout our Centres, ensuring that our students are given an interactive, student centred, and creative, tailor-made learning experience. Our people are given an autonomy within their roles that is rarely seen within the industry.


We believe in continuous professional and personal development, and take pride in offering our staff ample opportunity to achieve their goals. Utilising our large organisational infrastructure, across our different brands, we invite our people to gain valuable experience, and maximise all the exciting tools available to help develop their career.