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

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.

Staff Immigration and Right to Work Update – February 2016

Certifying maintenance for Tier 5 dependants

Following a change in the Tier 5 rules it is now possible to certify maintenance for dependants as well as Tier 5 main applicants, so that they do not have to submit bank statements with their visa applications. Please note that by doing so, the host department/ college is certifying that they will, if necessary in cases of financial difficulty, maintain and accommodate the applicant (to a minimum value of £945) and their dependants (to a minimum value of £630 each) for the first month of their visit.

Our website and forms have been updated to reflect this change.

Staff Immigration Team – Staff news (December 2016)

With Natalie Goldsmith’s departure, Lisa Crook has taken up a new role helping to oversee the activities of the team, assisting with complex enquiries, taking the lead in Tier 1 applications, and delivering training. Solveig Alsaker has joined the team taking up Lisa’s previous role assisting with immigration applications and enquiries. Solveig can be contacted on (2)89912 or solveig.alsaker@admin.ox.ac.uk  

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