We recognise these will be challenging times for many of those members of our community who are EU, EEA or Swiss citizens or have family and friends affected by Brexit. As a truly international University community, we want to reinforce the message that all are welcome here and we want to provide the necessary support to enable all to fulfil their potential with us. Negotiations on the UK’s relationship with the EU are ongoing so as we await an outcome this is an update on what we expect to be changing from the end of this month.
On 31 December we reach the end of the 12-month transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU. Colleagues can access up-to-date information on our website, which includes a range of information, including procurement, research implications, data protection and travel as well as advice for students and staff.
On 31 December 2020, freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will end and the UK will introduce a single, global immigration system.
Apart from Irish citizens, all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and family members who arrive in the UK for the first time from 1 January 2021 will need to secure an appropriate work visa in advance, the same as other non-EU or EEA citizens currently. If you arrive in the UK before this date, you do not need to use the new system but must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.
On 1 December 2020 the new Skilled Worker route opened for applications, replacing the Tier 2 (General) Visa, as part of the UK’s new Points-Based Immigration System. Our Staff Immigration Team have reviewed our systems, policies and procedures and developed new guidance and processes for current and prospective staff on our new Staff Immigration webpage.
There are also a number of other visas which provide an individual with a right to work in the UK, including the Global Talent Visa, Temporary Worker Visas (T5), Student Visa (formerly Tier 4) and Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) Visa.
For further information on the visa routes or anything else related to staff visas and immigration, please consult our webpages or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be offering Immigration Sessions early in the New Year to help colleagues who do not have UK or Irish citizenship and their families explore their options with a specialist immigration law firm, further details to follow.
The University has also extended its enhanced relocation offer to EU/EEA staff and expanded the scope of the Relocation Procedure so that eligible staff who require permission to work in the UK are offered the enhanced relocation package, regardless of where they are relocating from.
Supporting staff and students will continue to be at the core of our plans and more information will be available on our webpages.
Richard Brooks Director of Human Resources