An assessment of an individual's Right to Work status should be undertaken. An applicant may require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker visa if they do not have a UK visa or their current UK visa does not permit them to undertake the role being offered.
Certain visas carry restrictions on what work the holder can do and/or the hours they are permitted to work. The visa usually clearly states any restrictions, but please contact the Staff Immigration Team if you are unsure.
EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals
Free movement and the transitional arrangements in place for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020.
European nationals resident in the UK on or prior to 31 December 2020 must apply for Pre-Settled or Settled status before the 30 June 2021. In the UK before brexit page provides further information.
European nationals arriving from the 1 January 2021, who have not been resident in the UK previously will require an appropriate visa, such as the Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK.
Irish nationals automatically have the right to live and work in the UK and do not require a visa.
Tier 2/Skilled Worker visa holder
- Individual already employed by the University or a college: Please send a copy of the new job description to the Staff Immigration Adviser who will consider the new role against the individual's current appointment. If this falls within the same occupation it is likely this will just need to be reported to the Home Office. If significantly different, new Skilled Worker sponsorship will be required with the new visa granted before they can commence the role.
- Individual employed by an external organisation: A new Skilled Worker visa will be required with sponsorship from the University.
Student (Tier 4) visa holder
International students who have been sponsored under a student visa to study in the UK can switch into the Skilled Worker route to undertake their first full time role. Please refer to the Additional requirement for Student (Tier 4) visa holders
Students who have successfully completed their UK course of study can apply for a Graduate route visa. This visa allows the individual to work full time for 2 years, or 3 years if they completed a PhD/DPhil qualification.
If the appointment is shorter than 2/3 years, the Graduate route may be better than the Skilled Worker route. The Student Immigration Team provides further guidance for Oxford students.