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
  • Briefing Sessions about immigration for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsored migrants
  • 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

Latest news

Staff Immigration and Right to Work News Bulletin – January 2016

We have issued a SIT news bulletin 25 January 2016 (234kb) which contains information about changes introduced by the Home Office in November 2015 as well as some internal changes and important reminders:

  • Changes to Tier 2 and Tier 5 application requirements and unpaid leave entitlement;
  • Reminder that if issues with a visa application identified by the Home Office are not resolved within the stated timescale the application will be deemed invalid;
  • Reminder that Police Registration requirements will now be issued in the form of a letter;
  • An update from Finance that any reimbursement of visa fees or NHS surcharge for  in-country visa applications are taxable benefits, but not taxable  for overseas applications;
  • The withdrawal of Tier 2 & Tier 2 Dependant paper forms. These applications are now only made online;
  • Reminder that applicants who are retired are not eligible under Academic and Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visitor routes:
  • What to do with any Home Office right to work compliance letters;
  • Clarification on employing Junior Deans;
  • Clarification on right to work checks for Joint Appointments;
  • Summary of the new process for engaging Examiners;
  • Points to remember in relation to Right to Work
  • Reminders about training and migrant briefing sessions

The Staff Immigration and Right to Work web pages and some of our forms have been updated to reflect these changes.

Please remember to download forms from our Forms and guidance notes page, to ensure you are using the current version.

Training

If your job involves immigration and right to work we recommend you attend our regular training sessions on Tier 2, Tier 5, Right to Work and Visitors. Please see our training pages for further information.