Working in the UK
Following the UK's decision to leave the EU, on 1 January 2021 a new points-based immigration system was intoduced which sees EEA and non-EEA nationals treated equally.
Under the new immigration system, non-EEA citizens and EEA citizens who were not resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, will require a visa to work in the UK.
The UK points-based system is the most common route, however there are other visas available which may be suitable dependent on the individuals personal circumstances.
UK Points-Based System
There are five tiers and further sub-tiers in the new points-based system.
|Tier||Categories / sub tiers|
|Global Talent visa||
Formally Exceptional Talent
Leaders, potential leaders, fellowships and named researchers endorsed by recognised body.
Kent sponsorship not required.
Professors, Readers and Researchers.
|Skilled Worker Visa||
Formally Tier 2
Skilled workers with a job offer in UK
Minimum skill level, salary and English to an acceptable level.
Formally Tier 4
For those who are 16 and over and have been offered a place on a course with a licenced sponsor.
New route which opened on 1 July 2021 for international students who want to work following the successful completion of a course of study at degree level or above.
Formally Tier 5
Youth mobility and temporary workers (creative and sporting worker, charity worker, religious worker, government authorised exchange, international agreement worker and seasonal worker).
The Univeristy holds a licence to sponsor staff and students under the Skilled Worker, Student and Temporary Workers (GAE) routes.