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The University recognises that UK immigration fees present a considerable burden for non-UK staff, particularly members of the post-doctoral community who may struggle to meet these costs for themselves and their families. The three most common visa routes through which we engage and retain our employees and workers are the Skilled Worker Visa, Global Talent Visa and Settlement (also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain) routes.  

As part of increasing the relocation provision supporting recruitment and retention in the University, we offer a visa loan scheme for all current and prospective staff, and their dependants, who hold or require one of the above visas/immigration status. Note: no other visa or status is in scope for a loan via this scheme.

The scheme will offer an interest-free loan, up to the value of £10,000, which staff members can use toward meeting the costs of these visas. The loan will be repayable through monthly payroll deductions over 10 or 20 months, depending on the total amount borrowed.

The Visa loan scheme runs in parallel with the free, unlimited, in-house immigration advice service (on all UK immigration law matters) for current and prospective staff, run by the HR Compliance Team, and offers a level of service unique within the UK HEI sector. 

How do I apply?

The scheme is only open to current and prospective staff, and their dependants, who hold or require a Skilled Worker Visa, Global Talent Visa or need to make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settlement.

  • For Skilled Worker visa/dependant applicants, the loan scheme application form will accompany all new Skilled Worker Visa Certificates of Sponsorship issued by the University to its staff, which will be sent to them directly via email.
  • For Global Talent/dependant applicants, and Settlement/dependant applicants, the loan scheme application form is available on request from the HR Compliance Team, via this email address:

Upon completion of the form, the application will be assessed by the HR Compliance Team, and if approved, the Finance Division will release the funds as soon as possible into the applicant's bank account.

For further information on the scheme, including details of the scheme rules and eligibility criteria, please see the guidance document below: