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

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