Human Resources

Immigration (Right to Work)


These pages provide guidance on UK immigration law relating to employees, workers and visitors. They provide guidance to Schools/Departments to ensure that new staff have the right to work in the UK before they commence work. There is also separate guidance on the processes to follow when appointing an overseas national who requires sponsorship under the Tier 2 (General) visa category and the duties that need to be met throughout the employment of a sponsored employee. Following this guidance will help Schools/Departments to stay within immigration law and it will help appointments to be made more smoothly. Separate guidance is provided to prospective employees regarding right to work checks and to prospective employees requiring Tier 2 sponsorship.

The Immigration Team reports to the University’s HR Data, Governance & Compliance Manager and is working towards providing a service of excellence to ensure processes support overall compliance and mitigates risk for the University. The Team proactively keeps updated with changes to immigration legislation and UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) guidance. The Team work closely with HR colleagues in Recruitment and the HR Partner Teams and serve as an escalation point for more complex immigration issues. Support and guidance is available for managers and employees. However, by law, the Team cannot provide legal advice. The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) regulates immigration advisers and a list of registered advisers can be found on the UKVI website at

Right to work checks

EU Settlement Scheme

Tier 2 sponsorship

Tier 1 exceptional talent

Tier 4 international student workers

Tier 5 (government authorised exchange)

Applying for a UK visa for more than 6 months

Frequently Asked Questions

Documents & forms