Public affairs & visas

English UK's public affairs campaign

A great deal of our work involves lobbying on behalf of our members, international English language students and the industry in the UK.

As part of this, we work closely with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for international students; sit on the Education Sector Forum set up by the Home Office; promote international student mobility through our membership of the Department for International Trade working group; and keep in close touch with MPs, officials and governments.

We are a founder member and Board member of the Tourism Alliance, the industry voice for the UK's tourism sector.

Our current campaign

As the Government considers its post-Brexit migration framework, it is important that our sector keeps up the pressure to remind ministers and policy-makers of the importance of international students coming here to study English.

In 2016 our sector had a total value of £1.4bn, supported 37,500 jobs, and contributed £236m to UK taxes. Around 60 per cent of the 550,000 ELT students were from the EU. View the full infographic.

student number and 1.4bil

Our primary campaigning aims are:

  • To ensure visa-free travel for students from the EU post-Brexit
  • To take students out of the net migration target
  • To raise awareness and create a more positive climate around our industry, both in our local communities and with MPs, assembly members and other opinion-formers.

Please do what you can to campaign with us, and let us know what you're doing. Don't forget to share your successes, and tell us if we can help with any problems at

Useful resources


Help with visas

English UK is regularly consulted by UKVI via the Education Sector Forum on changes to the immigration rules for students, and is able to raise concerns relating to visa refusals and issues such as delays in processing with UKVI officials.

Please get in touch with Naadiya if your students have had their visa applications refused on the basis that the centre is not recognised by an approved accrediting body, or if the student has received an incomplete refusal, or if you want to discuss the refusal.

Tier 4 Sponsorship

If you are a Tier 4 sponsor and thinking of withdrawing, or are thinking of applying to become a sponsor contact Naadiya.

English UK has successfully made representations on behalf of members in the past and may be able to provide some assistance.