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International and Support Opportunities

Find out everything you need to know about relocating internationally to join Newcastle University, as well as the support we offer.

We welcome talent from all over the world at Newcastle University – in fact, we believe that a diverse workforce is the most innovative and powerful of all. 

If you’re interested in relocating to work for Newcastle University, you may need to consider visas and your immigration status. We will be able to help you every step of the way, and we have a dedicated support service to help you make the transition. 

We’ve covered all the essential information you need to know on this page, but for more expert guidance, please get in touch with our Visa Support Manager, Samantha Bosher, on Samantha.Bosher@ncl.ac.uk. 

Right to work

All colleagues are required to complete a right to work check before starting employment at Newcastle University, regardless of your nationality. If you’re subject to UK immigration control, you‘ll be required to obtain a visa to work in the UK. Colleagues who fall under one of the below categories won’t need to obtain a visa to work in the UK, but will still need to complete a right to work check before commencing employment: 

  • British citizens 
  • EEA citizens residing in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 and have obtained pre-settled/settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme 
  • Non-EEA citizens who hold indefinite leave to remain or settlement status in the UK 

Find out more with the government’s full guidance on right to work checks.

Advice and Guidance by Nationality

Non-EEA nationals seeking entry clearance to the UK.

For employment purposes, you’ll need an appropriate work visa. This could include:

Other visa categories that provide the right to work in the UK include Family Member of Settled Person visa and UK Ancestry visa.

EEA nationals resident in the UK before or by 31 December 2020 

If you applied for pre-settled or settled status by 30 ​June 2021, you won’t be required to apply for a UK work visa. Find out more information on the EU Settlement Scheme.

EEA nationals arriving in the UK for the very first time on or after 1 January 2021 

For those who arrived or who are arriving in the UK for the first time on or after 1 January 2021, you won’t be eligible to apply via the settled status scheme and will therefore need to gain an appropriate work visa in advance of relocation to the UK.

Skilled Worker VISA

From 1 January 2021, free movement for EEA nationals ended, and the new points-based immigration system came into effect. This route will apply equally to EEA nationals who arrived or are arriving into the UK for the first time from 1 January 2021, and to non-EEA nationals who need a visa to work in the UK.

The Skilled Worker route requires you to demonstrate the following:

  • you have a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor (Newcastle University)
  • you speak English at the required level (B1 or above)
  • your job offer is at the required skill level of RQF Level 3 (A Level-equivalent) or above
  • you’ll be paid at least £25,600 or the ‘going rate’ for the job offer, whichever is higher. Salaries between £20,480–£25,600 can still be considered if other eligibility criteria are met – for example, if you have a job offer in a shortage occupation or have a PhD relevant to the job

There are different salary rules for workers in some health or education jobs, and for new entrants at the start of their careers. Further information on which occupations are at the required skill level and the salaries for these occupations can be found in Annex E of the UK points-based immigration system: further details statement. 

Points based system

To qualify for a Skilled Worker visa, you’ll need a minimum of 70 points. If you meet the mandatory requirements listed in the first three bullet points above, this will earn you an initial 50 points.

You can obtain a further 20 tradeable points from the following:

  • minimum salary requirements met or exceeded – 20 points
  • PhD held in a subject relevant to the job, and the salary meets or exceeds both £23,040 per year and 90% of the ‘going rate’ for the occupational code (in this option, 10 points are awarded for the educational qualifications and 10 for the salary) - 20 points
  • PhD held in a STEM subject relevant to the job, and the salary meets or exceeds both £20,480 per year and 80% of the ‘going rate’ for the occupational code – 20 points
  • job is in a shortage occupation, and the salary meets or exceeds both £20,480 per year and 80% of the ‘going rate’ for the occupational code – 20 points
  • you’re classified as a new entrant, and the salary meets or exceeds both £20,480 per year and 70% of the ‘going rate’ for the occupational code – 20 points
  • the job is in the listed health or education occupation (see table 28 in this document for a full list of eligible roles), and the salary meets or exceeds £20,480 per year and the ‘going rate’ for the occupation cost. Applicants with jobs listed in the health or education occupation codes can only be awarded tradeable points via this option.

Here you can review the Tradeable Points Guidance. You can also review the guidance on the English language requirement for Skilled Worker visa applications.

Standard Visitor visa – up to six months’ stay

Genuine intention to visit

The Standard Visitor visa offers a maximum six-month stay, you will need to have sufficient funds to cover the reasonable costs of your visit.

Prohibited activities:

  • working in the UK, including employment, contracting, self-employment, work experience, internships, selling to the public and providing goods and services
  • receiving payment
  • marrying or forming a civil partnership

Permitted activities:

  • studying
  • work-related training
  • tourism and leisure
  • science and academia
  • volunteering (up to 30 days)
  • certain business activities – such as attending a meeting or interview. Read more information on Standard Visitor visa here.

This route is available for leaders, or potential leaders, in the following fields:

  • academia or research
  • arts and culture
  • digital technology

Global Talent visa

The visa carries many benefits for colleagues, including:

  • greater flexibility in employment (the Global Talent visa does not require sponsorship from the university unlike the Skilled Worker visa route, and it allows the freedom of movement between different roles and employers)
  • greater flexibility to undertake collaborations within the UK
  • no cap on your visa length based on the length of your employment contract
  • visa applications for up to five years
  • the option to apply for indefinite leave to remain/settlement after three years on this visa route

You can find further information and guidance on making an application under the Global Talent visa route in the Global Talent Visa Guidance document.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

From 21 May 2021, the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was extended to apply to all international students and researchers who are subject to UK immigration control and are intending to study or research at postgraduate level in certain sensitive subjects. The subjects and research areas are those where knowledge could be used in programmes to develop advanced conventional military technology (ACMT), weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or their means of delivery.

Visiting researcher applications

If you’re a researcher on a Standard Visitor visa who is attending meetings, conferencier giving speeches, and you won’t be undertaking research during your time in the UK, you don’t need ATAS clearance.

The rules are a little different for researchers on a Standard Visitor visa who are undertaking science and academic activities, such as: 

  • gathering information and facts for a specific project that directly relates to your employment overseas, or to support independent research 
  • taking part in formal exchange arrangements with UK counterparts 
  • carrying out research for your own purposes or as a group 

In this instance, if you’re engaged in an ATAS-categorised sensitive subject, you’ll require an ATAS certificate regardless of the length of your visit. 

If you require an ATAS certificate as a visitor, you don’t have to obtain this before making a visa application, but we strongly recommend obtaining it before travelling to the UK. The hosting unit is required to check your ATAS certificate before allowing the research to commence. If you’re unable to present this, you may not be permitted on campus. 

Interest Free Visa Loan Scheme

The University is pleased to provide an interest-free loan scheme to support all colleagues and their families with UK visa-related costs. The scheme can assist with costs such Immigration Health Surcharge or colleagues applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. All colleagues with a regular contract of employment with the University will be eligible to make an application for this loan, which will be available from employment commencing. Further information on this scheme can be found Interest free loan scheme colleague guidance.

In addition to the interest-free loan scheme, the University also has a visa reimbursement policy which supports new and existing colleagues with costs relating to Skilled Worker or Global Talent Visa applications. Further information on this can be found Visa Reimbursement Policy.