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 – January 2018

We have issued a SIT news bulletin SIT news bulletin 31 January 2018 (783kb) which contains news of important changes and some reminders.

As the Home Office has made many changes in the past few months the bulletin is rather long. This bulletin also includes news of improved processes to help departments and colleges with CoS applications.

The bulletin includes: 

Home Office Rule changes

  • Details of improvements to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route.
  • Notice that Tier 1 General visa holders have until 6 April 2018 to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
  • News of two new exceptions from the Tier 2 RLMT/ advertising requirements, although these may be rarely used.
  • News that the 4 week limit on delayed start dates for Tier 2 visa holders has been clarified.
  • News of a slight relaxation for non-PhD students switching from Tier 4 into Tier 2, and a reminder about consent letters from funding organisations.
  • For ILR, news of a significant change in the way ‘continuous residence in the UK’ is calculated.
  • News that the ‘continuous residence in the UK’ requirement will now apply to dependants applying for ILR, but only for periods on visas issued after 11 January 2018.
  • A reminder of potential ILR fees increases in April and that SIT can advise and assist with, but not check, ILR applications

Process changes/ reminders

  • Notice of new Excel-based SIT CoS application forms.
  • Notice that the SIT Recruitment Decision Summary form has been updated to make clear the level of information required.
  • A reminder of the importance of using the current versions of SIT forms & guidance, and of using 7-Zip to password protect documents sent to SIT.
  • News of Home Office changes to how Biometric Enrolment Letters are issued and supporting documents handled for in-country Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa applications.
  • News of a new Thames Valley Police online appointments system for police registration.
  • Notice that SIT can contact UK NARIC to look into cases where standard processing times have been exceeded.
  • A reminder that visitors normally do not have free access to NHS treatment (except emergency treatment) and may wish to consider obtaining medical insurance for their visit.
  • Notice of University recommendations on reimbursing visa costs

Right to Work news and updates

  • News of updated Core HR Right to Work categories.
  • Notice that casual payment requests with incomplete RTW data, or incorrect information for Tier 4 students, will result in payments being stopped. Requests will then need to be resubmitted in the following month when any issues have been resolved.
  • A reminder of the declaration which must be made stating explicitly the date on which a right to work check was carried out.
  • A reminder of the procedure for transferring right to work documents when employees transfer between departments.
  • A notice that a new part-time Tier 4 student visa does not permit the holder to undertake any work (paid or unpaid).

Our website has been updated with the latest information.

Places are available on upcoming immigration and right to work training sessions. Please see for available dates and the booking form.

Staff Immigration Team – Staff news

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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