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Immigration and Visas (including Visitors)

Employment and Workers

Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4

The UK immigration system used by the Home Office to determine overseas applicants' rights to enter and work in the UK is called the Points-Based System. There are five 'tiers' (and several sub-tiers) in the Points-Based System (PBS), although Tier 3 has never been used by the Home Office. The PBS visa routes most relevant to the University are detailed below:

Tier 1:

Exceptionally Talented, Graduate Entrepreneur

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if you work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed as:

  • a recognised leader (exceptional talent)
  • an emerging leader (exceptional promise)

More information and eligibility criteria can be found here - Tier 1 Exceptional Talent (UKVI)

Tier 2:

Sponsored skilled workers with a job offer

You can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa if:

The University has a licence to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) under Tier 2 and applications under this tier are processed through the HR Operations Team.

More information and eligibility criteria can be found here - Tier 2 General (UKVI)

NB: managers are advised to seek the relevant HR Coordinators advice, prior to the recruitment process, as the Resident Labour Market Test and other eligibility criteria must be adhered to

Tier 3:

Low skilled workers

This tier has never been used by the Home Office.

Tier 4:

Students

You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you're 16 or over and you:

  • have been offered a place on a course
  • can speak, read, write and understand English
  • have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
  • are from a country that's not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

More information and eligibility criteria can be found here -Tier 4 Student (UKVI)

Applications under Tier 4 will be processed by the University's Student Immigration team - immigration@reading.ac.uk

If you are a worker on a Tier 4 visa, please visit our Campus Jobs Pages where you will find Tier 4 Working Restrictions

 

Visitors

The University regularly welcomes visitors from around the world who undertake various activities at the University. These may include giving one off lectures, attending meetings, acting as examiners, sharing knowledge, or collaborating on projects.

UK/EEA

You do not need to apply for a visa.

Any payment must be made using the . Visiting Lecturer Form

All visits should be authorised by Head of School/Function using the Visitor Request Form

 

Standard Visitor, Permitted Paid Engagement and Tier 5

All visits must be authorised by Head of School/Function using the Visitor Request Form

Full guidance on Visitors to the University can be found in the Visitor Policy

 

Standard Visitor

You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK:

  • for leisure, for example on holiday or to see your family and friends
  • for business, or to take part in sports or creative events
  • for another reason, for example to receive private medical treatment

More information and eligibility criteria can be found here - Standard Visitor (UKVI).

Please ensure you also read the Standard Visitor guidance found in the University Visitor Policy.

NB. This visa route does not permit visitors to receive funding for their work or activities in the UK from any UK source (payments of expenses, including travel and subsistence may be disregarded, but should be reasonable and justifiable). Travel, maintenance and accommodation may be provided by a third party.

Permitted Paid Engagement

You may be able to get a Permitted Paid Engagement visa if you've been invited to the UK as an expert in your profession.

You can apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa if you:

  • are invited by a UK-based organisation or client
  • want to come to the UK to do specific paid work without having to be sponsored under the points-based visa system
  • are from a country that's not in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

More information and eligibility criteria can be found here - PPE (UKVI)

Please ensure you also read the PPE guidance found in the University Visitor Policy.

Any payment must be made using the PPE Form

Tier 5 Sponsored Researcher

You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange visa if you:

The University has a licence to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange category for sponsored researchers. Applications under this category are processed through the HR Operations team.

More information and eligibility criteria can be found here - Tier 5 Sponsored Researcher route

Please ensure you also read the Tier 5 guidance found in the University Visitor Policy.

NB. No payment will be made to Sponsored Researchers by the University. The researcher may be funded by their host, their overseas employer, or an independent UK or non-UK funding body. The researcher cannot be self-funded and must be in receipt of funding in line with, or above, the National Minimum Wage.

 

In addition to the visa information above, there are HMRC obligations you must adhere to when engaging a Visitor. For more information, please contact VAT@reading.ac.uk.