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Right to work in UK

We have a legal responsibility to ensure that all our workers and employees have the legal right to live and work in the UK.

Providing proof of right to work in the UK.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be asked to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. You will be asked to do this in one of two ways; either a manual check of your original document or you will be asked to provide a share code for an online check.

If you are a British or Irish Citizen you will be asked to bring with you an original document that provides evidence of your right to work in the UK, such as a passport. The original document must be provided for checking manually and photocopies cannot be accepted.

For those who hold a physical document that can only be checked manually, this must be one or a combination of original documents from the list of acceptable documents produced by the Home Office. Please note a UK driving licence is not a valid document for a right to work check. A copy of the original document will be taken and signed and dated as checked by the member of staff.

If you hold a UK immigration status, such as a visa (this may be a digital e-visa or a BRP card), status gained through the EU Settlement Scheme or you hold Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), you will be asked to provide a share code along with your date of birth so we can undertake a check using the Home Office online system. You can obtain a share code by visiting this GOV.UK webpage Prove your right to work to an employer: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). You will be asked to confirm which immigration permission/visa type you hold as this is not always clear from the online check document we download from the online system. If you hold an ILR endorsement in an expired passport you will need to first transfer it to a current BRP card or digital status so that a share code can be obtained. Apply to transfer ILR status using this link Biometric Residence Permit Replacement Service (visas-immigration.service.gov.uk)

We understand that some applicants may wish to know who is going to see their passport or other right to work document that holds personal information. This will be a department or HR representative who will securely handle and store the data. Please see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpage which we hope will reassure you of our processes and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that for EU nationals, an EU Passport or ID card is no longer an acceptable document for proof of right to work and a share code check of your UK immigration status will be required.

If there are work restrictions attached to your visa, these may need to be checked to ensure that you have permission to undertake the work concerned.

These documents will be retained securely until the end of the selection process. At that point, if you are successful, the copy of the document will be retained on your personal file. If you are not successful, the copy will be destroyed securely.

If you have not provided evidence of your right to work in the UK at an interview with us, any offer of work or employment made to you will be conditional upon you presenting this before you join the University. This document check must be carried out before you start or can be paid for any work with us.

What if I don't yet have the right to work in the UK?

Any job application you submit to us will be assessed using criteria based on the knowledge, skills and experience required for the relevant post. You will not be treated less favourably than another applicant on the grounds of national origin.

Skilled roles

For some roles, the University is able to sponsor a successful candidate who may need a visa to take up the role. Sponsorship is under the Skilled Worker route of the UK points based immigration system and is possible for certain skilled occupations. Not all roles can be sponsored. The list of skilled occupations is in Table 1 here.

There is also a requirement for the person to meet the 70 points required to be granted a visa which includes meeting a minimum salary level for sponsorship.

If you believe you may be able to obtain right to work in the UK by sponsorship, please tick the relevant box on the application form that indicates you would like to be considered for sponsorship.

If we advise you that the role is not on the list of occupations eligible for sponsorship, you will need to check you can obtain right to work by another visa route. You can do this by visiting the UK government website gov.uk under the ' Check if you need a UK visa' section of the Home Office webpages.

Any offer of employment we make to you will be conditional upon you gaining permission to work in the UK. You will not be able to start work until you are able to provide evidence that this has been granted.

Other roles not eligible for sponsorship

There is no specific visa route for roles not listed by the UK Government as skilled occupations eligible for sponsorship.

If the role is not eligible for sponsorship, you may be able to apply for one of the other UK visa routes available. We strongly recommend that you check if you are eligible for any of these routes as part of your preparation before applying for the role. You can do this by visiting the UK government website gov.uk under the ' Check if you need a UK visa' section of the Home Office webpages.

If you believe you may be able to obtain the right to work in the UK by one of the other visa routes, you are still welcome to apply for a job with the University. Any job application you submit to us will be assessed using criteria based on the knowledge, skills and experience required for the relevant post. You will not be treated less favourably than another applicant on the grounds of national origin.

Any offer of employment we make to you will be conditional upon you gaining permission to work in the UK. You will not be able to start work until you are able to provide evidence that this has been granted.