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)
  • 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, and the new EU Settlement Scheme
  • 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

BREXIT information

Please see our BREXIT information page for information about the rights of European nationals and their family members in the UK and the EU Settlement Scheme, which we update as information is released.

Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge has increased to £400 per year from 8 January 2019

The Immigration Health (NHS) surcharge increase (from £200 to £400 per year) takes effect from today, 8 January 2019. This will not be applied retrospectively to those who have applied for their visa before 8 January 2019, however, it will apply when they go to extend their visa, or apply under another category.

We have updated our website and forms to reflect the new NHS surcharge.

UPDATE to Staff Immigration and Right to Work News Bulletin – March 2019

Further to our latest Staff Immigration & Right to Work News Bulletin (below), in response to lobbying from the Russell Group, the Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), and Universities UK (UUK), the Home Office has now confirmed that ASHE data was incorrectly applied to the SOC codes relevant to HEIs and that the thresholds for these codes should have been set based on HE data, as they had been previously.

The Home Office have confirmed that these new thresholds listed in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules will be corrected as soon as possible, but in the interim have published an Addendum to the Tier 2 Policy guidance confirming the correct salary thresholds for the SOC codes in question. The corrected rates are in line with the cost of living increases to the thresholds for other SOC codes and will apply to CoS issued after 30 March 2019.

The corrected salary thresholds relevant within the collegiate University are:

  (based on 40hrs/week) (37.5hrs/week equivalent) 
     SOC code 2119 (used for Research roles):
‘New Entrant’   up from £21,600 p.a. to £22,300 p.a.  £20,906.25 p.a.
‘Experienced Worker’  up from £28,000 p.a. to £29,000 p.a.  £27,187.50 p.a.
    SOC code 2311 (used for Lecturer roles):
‘New Entrant’  up from £25,700 p.a. to £26,500 p.a.  £24,843.75 p.a.
‘Experienced Worker’  up from £32,300 p.a. to £33,000 p.a.  £30.937.50 p.a.

 As the corrected new Research salary thresholds are now all below the £30,000 p.a. Tier 2 minimum salary threshold, and the Lecturer salary thresholds have only increased slightly, we do not envisage that these changes should adversely affect roles within the collegiate University. If you still have concerns or wish to discuss a current or upcoming recruitment, however, please contact SIT.

Staff Immigration and Right to Work News Bulletin – March 2019

We have issued Staff Immigration Team (SIT) news bulletin SIT news bulletin 25 March 2019 (615kb) which contains news of important changes and some reminders.

The bulletin includes: 

  • Confirmation that the full EU Settlement Scheme for Europeans, and their family members, resident in the UK before Brexit will open on 30 March 2019;
  • News of increases in Tier 2 job specific salary thresholds which will affect some Tier 2 CoS issued from 30 March 2019;
  • News that Home Office visa application fees have not increased this year but the in-country 'Super Priority' service fee will increase from £610 to £800 (per applicant) on 29 March 2019;
  • An update on Home Office changes to the in-country visa application process and application centres;
  • News of two other (more positive) planned changes to the Tier 2 rules later in 2019;
  • Notice that SIT has updated the Tier 4 Student Employment Declaration;
  • Information on the new online Right to work checking service.

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.

‘Experienced Worker’