Student Union sabbatical officers
Last modified: 27 January 2016
We have written this brief guide to help international students and recently elected students' union sabbatical officers who are subject to immigration control understand the immigration requirements they need to meet in order to start and carry out their work.
Throughout this guide we include guilds and associations when we use the term "students' union".
We also aim to provide information for students' unions to help them advise their new sabbatical officers on immigration matters, and for Tier 4 sponsors who need to assign a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) to their students and former students. All parties need to work together closely and it is helpful if Tier 4 sponsors and students' unions have a standing arrangement as to how they will support international students who win elections, even if that has not yet happened in their institution.
We have divided the guide into three main sections but all information is of relevance to everyone involved with the process and it helps to have an idea of the requirements each person or organisation has to meet.
We are grateful to the following individuals and organisations for their help in compiling this information: Nick Entwhistle and Daniel Stevens of the NUS; Claire O'Leary of the University of Warwick; Jo Holliday of the University of Sheffield Students' Union; Ruth Newman of Kent Union and Tony Williams of the University of Kent; Neil Gaskin and Abbie Lacey of Swansea University.