Immigration and Compliance Officer, FIE London

FIE is currently seeking highly competent and conscientious applicants for the following full-time, permanent position within the Administration Team.

Job Title: Immigration and Compliance Officer (ICO)

Location: London, England                        

Salary: £36,000 – £39,000 gross, per annum (dependent on experience and qualifications)

Start Date: Late August/early September 2018

Job Summary: The Immigration and Compliance Officer will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating, developing and implementing policy on student immigration
  • Leading day to day activities which ensure compliance with the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance and retention of the institution’s licence
  • Providing a friendly and responsive immigration information and advice service to students, ensuring that they are aware of their responsibilities under Tier 4 sponsorship
  • Working in a proactive and timely manner to disseminate relevant immigration information and guidance to staff, highlighting changes in legislation
  • Ensuring there is a current and comprehensive infrastructure to support the established plan and approach to maintaining compliance
  • Supporting the HR & Operations Officer with Tier 2 Compliance and Right to Work checks

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Substantial experience, knowledge and understanding of UK Visas and Immigration policy affecting international students and educational institutions
  • Recent experience of providing information and support to international students on immigration related subjects
  • Proficient user of the UKVI Sponsor Management System (SMS)

Required/Key Skills:

  • Outstanding critical analysis and reasoning skills
  • Demonstrable efficiency, accuracy and attention to detail
  • A flexible approach with the ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to be and work as part of a team

The full job description can be downloaded by clicking here.

Application Process

Please submit a CV, the contact details of two references, and a cover letter to the HR & Operations Officer, Yan Yan Cunningham, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

As part of any recruitment process, FIE collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use this data, and to meeting our data protection obligations under the GDPR. For more information on how your personal data is used, please read the privacy notice for job applicants.

Application deadline: Friday 20th July 2018 at 9:00 am BST

Interviews: To take place in London during the week commencing 30th July

FIE promotes equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

FIE's 20th Anniversary

FIE Foundation for International Education 20th Anniversary Logo SQUARECELEBRATING 20 YEARS

Since 1998 FIE: Foundation for International Education has grown from a small, one-site operation with thirty students, two partner universities and three full-time staff, to the multi-site operation with 50+ partner universities and colleges we see today. Most importantly we couldn’t provide the support to the future world leaders that walk through our doors without the dedication and hard work of our Dublin, London, and US staff and faculty.

Founding Chairman Sharif Rahman’s vision for FIE lives on, with our articulated values of Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusivity, and Social Justice at the heart of our organization.

The Twentieth Anniversary Task Force has been working to make sure 2018 is a special year for us all. We are thrilled to bring you the following webpages, which contain an events calendar, logos, and alumni stories from previous students, staff, and visiting faculty. 

John M. Pearson

Senior Vice President – Operations

Chairman – Twentieth Anniversary Task Force


FIE Student & Faculty Profiles


FIE Foundation for International Education 20th Anniversary Logo SQUARE


Over the past 20 years, FIE has welcomed students, faculty, visiting faculty, and countless other colleagues, such as site supervisors, staff, and service providers. 

 FIE has been in contact with many of our previous alumni and are excited to share some of the stories of FIE from then and now. We believe the impact of studying abroad can have an immediate effect on career, education, and personal life... and our alumni agree! If you would like to submit your stories and photos to be featured, please visit our links for the Student Alumni Survey or Visiting Faculty Survey.





Name: Eli Jellenc

Program: 2001 Summer Internship in London

University: University of Mississippi

Current Occupation: Vice President, Cyber Threat Intelligence (at Stroz Friedberg, Ltd)

Did studying with FIE influence your career choices?: "Studying abroad in London through FIE, in particular, did certainly and profoundly change both the way I think about life and the way I chose to live it.  It definitely enhanced my worldview and career. FIE helped me obtain an internship with Chatham House; my research and other work there proved to be a very compelling feature on my CV and no doubt helped me secure more valuable opportunities later. The changes in worldview are complex and difficult to summarize, but they were numerous, significant, lasting, and entirely beneficial. I would not trade these developmental experiences for anything."

Name: Greg Pardo

Program: 2004 Fall Semester Study in London

University: St Mary's University Texas

Current Occupation: US Diplomat

How did studying abroad with FIE change the way you think about life?: It made me want to explore other cultures further and gave me ideas of what type of international programs I should try to do at home. After studying in London, I spent time in India and Bangladesh. My international experiences made me a strong candidate for the US Foreign Service.


Name: Michael A. Genovese

Program: 4 Times in London in Fall Semester

University: Loyola Marymount University

Did your participation in study abroad change the way you think about your teaching?: "I've been doing study abroad for so long that, it did not change the way I teach, but it did reinforce certain goals and methods I had been employing. It made me more conscious of developing opportunities for other students to travel and study abroad."


Name: Sean Heuston 

Program: London Summer from 2016 - 2013

University: The Citadel

Did your participation in study abroad change the way you think about your teaching?: "Working with FIE for over ten years has been a joy. Our FIE program has tremendously enriched the lives of our students, many of whom have gone on to graduate programs or jobs overseas thanks largely to the excellent experiences they had in our FIE program. FIE's combination of outstanding academics and outstanding staff members who are also genuinely nice people helps our students learn a great deal in the classroom and beyond while benefiting from FIE's expert handling of program planning and logistical support. Working with FIE made me even more aware of how important it is to expose American students to the rest of the world."

20th Anniversary Calendar of Events

FIE Foundation for International Education 20th Anniversary Logo SQUARECALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Throughout 2018, we look forward to celebrating in London, the US, and Dublin with various events for our students, staff, faculty, partners, and colleagues. 

Special 20th Anniversary themed events will take place during Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 Orientation for our students, during our annual receptions for our partners and colleagues at the Forum on Education Abroad and NAFSA conferences in the US, and various special events for staff, faculty, partners, and the study abroad community at large in London and Dublin. 


FIE 20th Anniversary Events Calendar with Dublin Details

Welcome to FIE

Dear Family,


FIE is passionate about Study Abroad and our team is committed to providing the opportunities and the environment that make the very best student experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We consider it an honor to play our part in the development of students during their Study Abroad experience with us. It is a responsibility FIE takes seriously and with great pride.

FIE offers a holistic education where our core values of social justice, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion are taught and lived in multiple ways. Central to achieving our goals is the health and safety of students and we are very aware of how family members can worry about loved ones so far from home. Please rest assured that they are in good hands.

Students depart their Study Abroad experience with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the wider world and their place in it. This is important for their personal growth and also for enriching their value in a competitive employment market.

I look forward to welcoming your family to FIE in London, Dublin, and Amman.

Yours truly,


John M. Pearson

Senior Vice President - Operations


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