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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 Skilled Worker Visa is the most common immigration route used by our non-UK staff members.  Therefore, as part of increasing the relocation provision supporting recruitment and retention in the University, we are introducing a new visa loan scheme for all current and prospective staff, and their dependants, who hold or require a Skilled Worker Visa sponsored by the University.

The scheme will offer an interest-free loan, up to the value of £8000, 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 Skilled Worker 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 sponsored by the University.

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. 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:

Any questions regarding the scheme should be directed to the HR Compliance Team at the following email address: