Human Resources

You have a time-limited right to work in the UK

Information for Individuals who have a time-limited right to work in the UK, i.e. their visa/pre-settled status has an expiry date.

If you already have a visa/EU settlement status, you can show the University you have the right to work by:

  • using the Home Office online service, e.g. for those who hold pre-settled status or a visa through the points based system

Prove your right to work to an employer

Or, if you do not have digital status

  • Show your physical documents.   The documents you need to hold, and show the University that you have the right to work in the UK, on a time-limited basis, are outlined in the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) List B (below). These documents will have a permission expiry date and the date must not have expired.

Please note from 6 April 2022 holders of Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs), Biometric Residence Cards (BRCs) and Frontier Worker Permits (FWPs) can only evidence their right to work using the Home Office online service. The University can no longer accept a physical BRP/BRC/FWP for a right to work check.


If you need to apply for a visa, e.g. because your visa is due to expire or you are entering the UK, information on how to do this can be found at:

Securing your visa

The University will need to check if your visa places any restriction on the kind of work, or amount of work, you are permitted to do in the UK.  

For example: 

  • If you already hold a Tier 2/Skilled Worker or Tier 5/Temporary Worker Sponsored Researcher visa, your employment is tied to your existing sponsor and cannot be transferred to enable you to take up a full-time role with the University. To employ you, the University will need to apply for a separate Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and assign this to you. You will then need to apply for a new visa and have confirmation from the UKVI that your visa has been approved, before you can start at the University.  You may be able to do some part-time work with the University if this meets the UKVI additional work rules. 
  • If you hold a Tier 4/Student visa there are restrictions on allowing you to take up a full-time role. If you are being offered a job which meets the criteria for the Skilled Worker visa route, and you wish to apply under this route, the University will supply a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to be able to make your application.  You may be able to start work in the role before you receive your visa if you have:
    • obtained your ATAS certificate (if applicable) and;
    • made an in-time application for your Skilled Worker visa and;
    • completed your studies.