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 News Bulletin – August 2018

We have issued Staff Immigration Team (SIT) news bulletin SIT Bulletin - 6 August 2018 (622kb) which contains news of important changes and some reminders.

The bulletin includes: 

Tier 2

  • News that Universal JobMatch (previously JobCentre Plus) has now been replaced by the GOV.UK ‘Find a job’ website. Care should be taken to clearly list the work location and closing date as these do not appear in the standard job details fields.
  • A reminder that ‘Input confirmation’ from Jobs.ac.uk, or other documents stating that adverts were placed, cannot be relied on in place of advert printouts.
  • Notice of a new SIT guide (attached) on describing qualification requirements when advertising roles where Tier 2 sponsorship may be required.
  • An update on the restrictions on overseas Tier 2 applications, with a reminder to discuss with SIT any roles which do not fall under the Researcher or Lecturer/ Professorial job codes as early as possible.
  • A reminder that children will normally only be granted visas by the Home Office if both parents are coming to the UK, or if the parent coming with the child has sole custody.
  • Notice that all four (Tier 2 & Tier 5, initial & extension) Excel-based CoS forms have now been released and the current version should always be downloaded from the SIT ‘Forms & guidance notes’ page at:  www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/permits/forms/

ILR

  • An update on the way ‘continuous residence in the UK’ is calculated for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
  • Clarification that while Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa holders can now apply for ILR after 3 years, their Dependants can only apply after 5 years.
  • News that the Home Office have released online versions of the ILR application forms for both the standard 5 year and the 10 year ‘Long residence’ routes.

EEA

  • Links to Home Office information on the proposed new ‘settles status’ scheme for EU citizens and their families which should be launched later this year.
  • News that restrictions no longer apply to Croatian nationals, they now have the same rights as any other EEA national, and so can now simply present their passport or a valid national identity card to evidence their right to work in the UK.

Visa loan scheme

  • Notice that SIT will soon be launching an interest free Visa Loan Scheme to cover UK visa fees, Immigration Health Surcharge costs and ILR.

Our website has been updated with the latest information.

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

Staff Immigration Team – Staff news

James Galloway and Rose Boadu have joined the team as two additional Immigration Advisers as a result of the increasing volume of applications. While James and Rose are settling into their roles new applications and enquiries should be sent to Solveig and Angelina. James can be contacted on (2)89927 or james.galloway@admin.ox.ac.uk , and Rose can be contacted on (2)89921 or rosemond.boadu@admin.ox.ac.uk