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Who has an automatic right to work in the UK?

The following groups are considered to be 'settled workers', they are not subject to immigration control and therefore have no restrictions on working in the UK: 

  • British citizens*.
  • European Economic Area (EEA) nationals. Member countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. Nationals from Croatia require authorisation in order to work in the UK.
  • Citizens of Switzerland.
  • Commonwealth citizens who are allowed to enter or to remain in the UK on the basis of their UK ancestry.
  • Those who do not have any conditions attached to their stay in the UK.
  • Spouses, unmarried partners and dependent children under 18, of people who qualify under any of the above categories as long as the endorsement in their passport places no restriction on their employment here.
  • Asylum seekers whose applications are successful and are granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) are entitled to work in the UK without any restrictions. Asylum seekers are not normally allowed to work in the UK whilst their asylum application is being considered, except in very limited circumstances.

Overseas students studying at UK institutions are entitled to work in the UK, with certain restrictions.

* Note - British Overseas citizens, British Overseas Territories citizens, British Nationals (Overseas), British Protected Persons and British Subjects are all forms of British nationality which require permission to live and work in the UK. There may be an entitlement to register as British citizens in certain circumstances.

If offered employment by the University, individuals in all of the above groups will be required to produce satisfactory documentary proof of entitlement to work in the UK in the job they have been appointed to.

Prospective employees who do not fall into any of the above categories will requirement sponsorship in order to work at Queen Mary.  

 

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