Overview of UK immigration
In 2008 the UK Border Agency (now UK Visas and Immigration, UKVI) established a Points-Based System to determine the rights of non-EEA citizens wishing to enter and work in the UK.
Employers are required to obtain a sponsor licence in order to employ non-EEA citizens under the Points-Based System. The University currently holds a licence to sponsor individuals under Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange).
There are five tiers and further sub-tiers in the Points-Based System.
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Exceptional talent - endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in theirr field in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts
Skilled workers with a job offer in UK, (former work permit route)
Low skilled workers needed to fill temporary labour shortages
Students (general), Doctorate Extension Scheme
Youth mobility and temporary workers (creative and sporting, charity workers, religious workers, government authorised exchanges, international agreement