UKVI Compliance vists

The UKVI undertakes 'compliance visits' to evaluate sponsors’ compliance with immigration law and prevent illegal working, so it is imperative that human resource systems are not only robust and comprehensive but also tailored to the UKVI’s stipulations on compliance. 

Even where deficiencies in HR systems are entirely inadvertent, the consequences of non-compliance can be severe and far-reaching in terms of staff recruitment and possible effects on future research funding.

Case studies

The case studies below are a summary of the experiences of four HEIs that had their compliance checks in the late summer of 2012. See in particular the common themes identified on page 17.

The UKVI has changed its name (from UKBA to UKVI) and its approach to compliance. The following case study from the University of Greenwich is an example of good practice under the new arrangements. The visit took place in November 2013 and the case study was written up in March 2014.

Compliance audit - an institutional case study of good practice

These compliance visit case studies were undertaken in 2012.

UKBA compliance visit case studies 


The Home Office Higher Education Assurance Team (HEAT) was set up in 2013. Copies of their delivery plan and the revised requirements for a successful compliance audit are available to download below.

HEAT Delivery Plan to March 2014

UKVI HEAT Requirements of an Audit Visit

Page last updated May 2014