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31/01/18 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 http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/permits/sittrain/ for available dates and the booking form.

Staff Immigration Team – Staff news

Angelina has changed her surname to Pelova and her email is now angelina.pelova@admin.ox.ac.uk

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 sit-administration@admin.ox.ac.uk

25/04/17 Latest News

Staff Immigration and Right to Work Update – April 2017

We have issued a SIT news bulletin 25 April 2017 (758kb) which contains news of important changes and some reminders.

The bulletin includes: 

  • A reminder of the advice and assistance SIT offer to EU/EEA staff in relation to applications to demonstrate their rights as EU citizens.
  • Details of the ‘Immigration and Right to Work Roles & Responsibilities’ document recently produced by SIT.
  • News that a previous change (announced in our December 2016 Bulletin) requiring dependants applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain to meet the ‘continuous residence’ requirements has been removed.
  • News of the annual April increases in application fees.
  • Information about  a new 4 week limit on delayed start dates for Tier 2 visa holders.
  • News of the changes in the Tier 2 minimum, and job specific, salary thresholds.
  • Details about  the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), although this will only affect a few roles that are sponsored by the University
  • Details of a new requirement under Tier 2 for overseas criminal record certificates, which currently only affects one job type (rarely) sponsored by the University.
  • A warning about immigration-based scams.
  • News of genuine emails from the Home Office to sponsored visa holders whose visas are due to expire within a few weeks.
  • A reminder of the six year limit under Tier 2, and the work SIT is doing to contact and assist those affected.
  • Reminders on common issues with Tier 2 and Tier 5 CoS applications.
  • News of the new Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/ Promise (ET/EP) training now offered by SIT.
  • Information to help ensure all casual records in Core HR have a right to work entry.
  • News that the Out-tutors spreadsheet can now be used to check right to work for other teaching related work.

Our website has been updated with the latest information.

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

Staff Immigration Team – Staff news

We are sorry to announce David Richardson will be leaving the University at the end of May. He has become a key member of the Staff Immigration Team over the last few years and will be greatly missed. Plans for his successor are in hand and will be announced shortly.

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 amira.harb@admin.ox.ac.uk

07/02/17 Latest News

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.