The following responsibilities are a statutory requirement upon the University. Failure by any employee to adhere to the following guidelines may result in disciplinary action.
We may be subject to an audit by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) at any stage, and they may ask to contact any member of staff to validate our processes. Therefore, it is important that all parties are aware of their responsibilities.
Sponsored worker responsibilities
If there is anything that changes or affects your immigration status, you must inform the University immediately.
If your visa application is refused, you will receive a letter or an email explaining why it has been refused. If your application is refused, you must let your relevant HR Co-ordinator know immediately, as we will need to notify UKVI as part of our reporting obligations.
You must have a National Insurance Number and ensure that your salary is paid into a bank account held in your own name.
You must keep the University informed and updated on any changes to your contact details. This includes your:
mobile telephone number
personal email address
These details should be kept up-to-date on Employee Self-Service (ESS).
You must agree any leave of absence with your line manager and it must be recorded on ESS.
If you are spending any time working away from the University campus or your normal base, you must record this on ESS as either 'Training & Conference' or 'Off-campus working' dependent on the situation.
It is important to note that as a sponsored worker, you are able to travel abroad for short business trips which are required as part of your role, however, carrying out your role from overseas on an extended basis may invalidate your sponsorship and affect your ability to return to the UK. Please visit our webpage on Overseas Working for further information.
You do not have access to state benefits (see pages 19 to 22).
You are no longer required to register with the police as this scheme ended on 4 August 2022.
If required, you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the designated Post Office within 10 days of arrival in the UK. If your BRP is damaged, faulty, lost, or stolen or if the details listed are incorrect or have changed you must report this to the Home Office.
You are not allowed to start-up or run a business.
Line manager responsibilities
As the designated line manager, you must inform the Staff Immigration Team immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any changes in the status of your sponsored workers. In particular, if they:
don't turn up for their first day of work at the expected time. The UKVI report must be provided within 10 working days and must include any reason given by the individual for their non-attendance (for example a missed flight)
are absent for work for more than 10 consecutive working days without permission. In this case, the UKVI report must be provided within 10 working days of the 10th day of absence
are absent from work without pay for more than four weeks and this absence is not covered by any of these exceptions or one of the following unpaid leave reasons:
- statutory maternity leave
- statutory paternity leave
- statutory parental leave
- statutory shared parental leave
- statutory adoption leave
- sick leave
- assisting with a national or international humanitarian or environmental crisis, provided you agreed to the absence for that purpose
- taking part in legally organised industrial action
are suspected to be engaged in terrorism or criminal activity − if you have any information that suggests the individual is engaged in this type of activity, you must report this to the police
HR must inform UKVI of any changes in the status of the sponsored worker within 10 working days, in particular:
- any notifications received from the line manager, as previously detailed
- if a sponsored worker’s contract of employment is terminated (including where the individual resigns or is dismissed). Such a report should include the contact details of the individual and the name and address of any new employer or institution that the individual has joined if the sponsor is aware of this
- if the sponsor stops sponsoring the individual for any other reason (for example, if the individual moves into an immigration category that does not require a sponsor)
- if there are any significant changes in the individual’s circumstances, for example, a promotion or change in job title or core duties (but not annual pay rise) or if the duration of employment is reduced
- a reduction in salary from the level stated on the individual's Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
- the location an individual is employed at changes – this includes where an individual is working at a different client’s site
- if an individual's employment is affected by TUPE or similar protection
Further information and support
The guidelines on this page are an abridged version of guidelines from UKVI.
The rules and regulations relating to immigration can be complex. If you are in any doubt about any aspect of the above, please contact the Staff Immigration Team at email@example.com.