Staff Immigration Team

About us

The University's Staff Immigration Team provides the following immigration services to University departments and colleges:

  • Guidance on application requirements and Home Office rules for Tier 2 (General) and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)
  • Process applications for Certificates of Sponsorship under Tier 2 (General) and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)
  • Process applications for leave to remain (from within the UK) under Tier 2 (General) and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)
  • Process applications for Worker Authorisation (Purple) Registration Certificates for Croatian nationals
  • Guidance on the requirements, and application process, for Indefinite Leave to Remain/ settlement
  • Guidance on the requirements, and application process, for EEA Registration Certificates and Permanent Residence
  • Briefing Sessions about immigration for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsored visa holders
  • Guidance on Academic, Business and Permitted Paid Engagement visitor rules and restrictions
  • Guidance on right to work checks
  • Legal referral service for complex immigration matters 
  • Regular training sessions covering immigration and right to work

A detailed breakdown of various areas of responsibility for Immigration and Right to Work, and how they are split between the Staff Immigration Team and departments/colleges, is provided in our Immigration and Right to Work Roles & Responsibilities (127kb) document.

Latest news

Staff Immigration and Right to Work Update – April 2017

We have issued a SIT news bulletin 25 April 2017 (758kb) which contains news of important changes and some reminders.

The bulletin includes: 

  • A reminder of the advice and assistance SIT offer to EU/EEA staff in relation to applications to demonstrate their rights as EU citizens.
  • Details of the ‘Immigration and Right to Work Roles & Responsibilities’ document recently produced by SIT.
  • News that a previous change (announced in our December 2016 Bulletin) requiring dependants applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain to meet the ‘continuous residence’ requirements has been removed.
  • News of the annual April increases in application fees.
  • Information about  a new 4 week limit on delayed start dates for Tier 2 visa holders.
  • News of the changes in the Tier 2 minimum, and job specific, salary thresholds.
  • Details about  the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), although this will only affect a few roles that are sponsored by the University
  • Details of a new requirement under Tier 2 for overseas criminal record certificates, which currently only affects one job type (rarely) sponsored by the University.
  • A warning about immigration-based scams.
  • News of genuine emails from the Home Office to sponsored visa holders whose visas are due to expire within a few weeks.
  • A reminder of the six year limit under Tier 2, and the work SIT is doing to contact and assist those affected.
  • Reminders on common issues with Tier 2 and Tier 5 CoS applications.
  • News of the new Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/ Promise (ET/EP) training now offered by SIT.
  • Information to help ensure all casual records in Core HR have a right to work entry.
  • News that the Out-tutors spreadsheet can now be used to check right to work for other teaching related work.

Our website has been updated with the latest information.

Places are available on upcoming immigration and right to work training sessions. Please see http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/permits/sittrain/ for available dates and the booking form.

Staff Immigration Team – Staff news

We are sorry to announce David Richardson will be leaving the University at the end of May. He has become a key member of the Staff Immigration Team over the last few years and will be greatly missed. Plans for his successor are in hand and will be announced shortly.

If you/ members of your department do not currently receive immigration and right to work updates from the Staff Immigration Team and would like to please contact sit-administration@admin.ox.ac.uk

Information on the United States travel ban

UPDATE: Due to continuing changes/ developments in relation to the travel ban we would recommend contacting the nearest US Embassy or Consulate for advice.

UPDATE: Information on the new United States travel ban

The new executive order set to take effect on 16 March, formally cancels the first, tries to resolve legal problems raised by it, and suspends the refugee program for 120 days. It narrows the countries down to six – Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Somalia and Libya. It explicitly exempts people with valid visas and green cards from the order, and says that Syrian refugees will not be treated differently than other refugees. Unlike the original, the order also makes clear that US agencies will review case-by-case exceptions.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s updated travel advice for the USA, found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements, clearly states that British passport holders (regardless of country of birth or whether they hold another passport/nationality) aren’t affected by these measures.

If you’re unsure whether you’re affected you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate for advice.

UPDATE: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice for the USA, found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements, now states:

On 3 February 2017, a legal ruling temporarily suspended implementation of the Executive Order. However, President Trump has vowed to overturn the ruling. Exact visa and other entry conditions could therefore change at short notice.

If you’re unsure whether you’re affected by these new measures, or the temporary suspension, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate for advice.

President Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order on 27 January which suspended inbound migration to the United States of America for “designated nationals” of seven countries for at least 90 days.

The countries are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a press release about what the Order means to British nationals and dual nationals which is available at: www.gov.uk/government/news/presidential-executive-order-on-inbound-migration-to-us.

The FCO note clarifies that:

  • The Order only applies to individuals travelling from one of the 7 named countries;
  • If you are travelling to the US from anywhere other than one of those countries (for instance, the UK) the executive order does not apply to you and you will experience no extra checks regardless of your nationality or your place of birth;
  • If you are a UK national who happens to be travelling from one of those countries to the US, then the order does not apply to you – even if you were born in one of those countries;
  • If you are a dual citizen of one of those countries travelling to the US from OUTSIDE those countries then the order does not apply to you.