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03/09/18 Latest News

Visa Loan Scheme launched – 3 September 2018

An interest free loan scheme has now been launched to assist current and prospective non EEA employees and their dependants with payment of UK visa fees, fees for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications and/or Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) costs. Details of the scheme can be found on the Reimbursement and Visa Loan Scheme page.

06/08/18 Latest News

Staff Immigration and Right to Work News Bulletin – August 2018

We have issued a 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  • News that Universal JobMatch (previously JobCentre Plus) has now been replaced by the GOV.UK ‘Find a job’ website.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

26/06/18 Latest News

New SIT Excel-based CoS application forms – June 2018

SIT released an Excel-based Tier 2 CoS extension application form in January, and has now published Excel-based versions of the other internal CoS application forms (Tier 2 initial CoS, Tier 5 initial CoS, and Tier 5 CoS extension) which replace the existing Word-based versions.

Please use the new forms for all new Tier 2 and Tier 5 CoS applications, however, if you are currently in the process of completing a Word-based CoS form this can be submitted.

All SIT forms can be found on the ‘Forms & guidance notes’ page.

Through the new Excel-based forms, SIT aims to reduce the occurrence of simple errors and omissions (and the correspondence required to explain and resolve these issues) by using dropdowns, notes, error messages, and fields for SIT feedback on specific issues.

The new CoS form have been piloted with members of the SIT User Group who offered useful feedback and comments which assisted the form’s development.

Any queries, comments, or feedback on the new Excel based forms should be sent to Tim Currie tim.currie@admin.ox.ac.uk

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