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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.

15/12/16 Latest News

Staff Immigration and Right to Work News Bulletin – December 2016

We have issued a SIT news bulletin 15 December 2016 (556kb) which contains news of important changes and some reminders.

The bulletin includes: 

  • Full details, and the effects, of increases in the Tier 2 minimum salary threshold, mentioned in the previous bulletin.
  • News that the podcast of one of the Information sessions for EU/EEA staff held by SIT is now available.
  • News that dependants applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain now also have to meet the ‘continuous residence’ requirements.
  • News of the extended list of countries whose nationals can now use the Registered Traveller service, which provides faster entry to the UK for frequent travellers.
  • An update on the improved casual pay process.
  • News that Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (Tier 4 DES) has now been added as a separate visa category in the CoreHR right to work screen.

Our website and forms have been updated with the latest information.

Places are available on upcoming immigration and right to work training sessions in the new year. Please see our training page for available dates and the booking form.

Staff Immigration Team – Staff news

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

31/10/16 Latest News

Staff Immigration and Right to Work News Bulletin – October 2016

We have issued a SIT news bulletin 31 October 2016 (446kb) which contains news of important changes and some reminders.

The bulletin includes: 

  • News of the Information sessions for EU/EEA staff which have been held by SIT
  • A recommendation that, due to longer processing times, CoS extension applications should be submitted urgently for those whose visas expire in December and who intend to travel over the December closure period.
  • Details of our new ‘Client care & conditions’ form which must be signed by the applicant and submitted with all Tier 2 and Tier 5 CoS applications.
  • A reminder that any negotiations on start date or salary should be finalised before a Tier 2 CoS application is submitted.
  • A reminder that the six year maximum length of time spent under Tier 2 will start to affect some Tier 2 visa holders from April 2016 but SIT will be contacting those affected.
  • Details of increases in the Tier 2 minimum salary threshold expected in the next month and in April 2017.
  • Reminders that English language test and Tuberculosis pre-screening tests are only accepted if they have been taken at approved centres.
  • Details of changes to the Police Registration process.
  • A reminder that any changes in Tier 2 visa holders’ salary as a result of the 2016 Recognition of Distinction Awards must be reported to SIT.
  • Notice that it is now mandatory for all staff whose job description includes checking right to work documents to attend a Right to Work training session if they have not already done so.
  • Details of changes to criminal offences relating to illegal employment introduced in the Immigration Act 2016.
  • Notice of a declaration which now must be made stating explicitly the date on which a right to work check was carried out.
  • Information about sharing right to work data for List A casual workers between departments and colleges.
  • Notice of changes to the casual payment process to improve visibility of immigration compliance.
  • A link to a new website launched by the International Strategy Office to support International visiting researchers.

Our website has been updated with the latest information.

Places are available on upcoming immigration and right to work training sessions. Please see our training page for available dates and the booking form.

Staff Immigration Team – Staff news

We are sorry to announce Natalie Goldsmith has left the University. She has been a key member of the Staff Immigration Team for many years and her expertise and knowledge will be greatly missed. We will be announcing some changes within the Staff Immigration Team in the near future as a result of Natalie’s departure. In the interim please direct any queries you previously would have sent to Natalie to Tim Currie on 89903 or tim.currie@admin.ox.ac.uk

International Staff Welcome site

A newly updated and improved International Staff Welcome site will be launched shortly on the Drupal platform. The site offers guidance on how to relocate and settle as quickly as possible with topics covered including schooling, housing, resources for partners, and other information which new international staff should find useful. The new website will be accessible from the current address: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel/staffinfo/international/

23/05/16 Latest News

Staff Immigration and Right to Work News Bulletin – May 2016

We have issued a SIT news bulletin 23 May 2016 (353kb) which contains news of changes to the English language requirements and a few reminders.

The bulletin includes: 

  • Details of new English language requirements for Tier 2
  • A reminder about the importance of ensuring Tier 2 applicants take the correct English language test
  • A reminder about the timing of sending CoS applications to SIT
  • A reminder to send documents securely using 7Zip and to ring SIT if you are not sure of your password
  • A reminder to carefully consider how to quote qualifications in job advertisements
  • A reminder to contact SIT if any issues arise with the right to work of your employees

Our website has been updated with the latest information.

Places are available on upcoming immigration and right to work training sessions. Please see our training page for available dates and the booking form.

10/03/16 Latest News

Staff Immigration and Right to Work News Bulletin – March 2016

We have issued a SIT news bulletin 10 March 2016 (175kb) which contains news of some changes and a few positive updates.

The bulletin includes: 

  • Details of the SIT Easter closure period
  • Information about a template email for requesting leave information for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsored visa holders;
  • A small change to the permitted activities under the Business Visitor route
  • A link to a new overseas visitor guide for academics
  • Confirmation that  the NHS Surcharge now applies to New Zealand and Australian nationals (previously exempt)
  • Information about increases in application fees
  • A link to a new guide about completing right to work checks in different scenarios

Our website has been updated with the latest information.

25/01/16 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.