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Human Resources

Visas and Immigration

The Skilled Worker visa is the primary route for skilled international workers to enter the UK.  Much like it's predecessor, the Tier 2 visa, this route is sponsored and the University must meet certain requirments before we can offer an individual sponsorship. 

A Resident Labour Market Test is no longer required before sponsorship can be considered but all recruitment must be in line with the Queen Mary's recruitment and selection policy.  All post should be advertised for at least 14 days and evidence of the shortlisting and interview process must be uploaded to igrasp before an offer is authorised. 

In order to apply for a Skilled Worker visa the individual will require a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). This is an electronic document issued by the Home Office.  It is the responsibility of the hiring department, not the individual, to request a Certificate of Sponsorship from Human Resources.

All requests will be assessed by HR to ensure that both the role and the individual are eligible for a sponsorship under the Skilled Worker visa route. Only once these criteria are satisfied can a CoS be processed.

HR assess requests for CoS once a week, each Thursday.  If the request satisfies the compliance panel then a CoS can be issued:

  • if the individual is in the UK, then the CoS can be issued that day;
  • if the individual is outside the UK, then an application will be made to the UKVI and the CoS issued should the application be approved.

Those who are eligible for sponsorship will be provided with a Certificate of Sponsorship for the duration of their appointment, up to a maximum of 5 years. 

There is no limit to the time that can be spent sponsored under the Skilled Worker visa, but individuals may be eligible to apply for settlement in the UK after 5 years of continuous residence in the UK.  

Sponsored individuals cannot commence employment until they have succesfully applied for a Skilled Worker visa.

Requirements For Sponsorship

Below is an overview of the requirements for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route.

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