Immigration reimbursement scheme

If you're a new or current international employee who needs permission from the UK Government to allow you to live in the UK and work at the University of Leeds, we can help with the cost.

Our scheme has covered the cost of an online/postal application for a Tier 2 visa from the beginning, but we've extended this to include applications for:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent/Exceptional Promise) visas (including the cost of endorsement)
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain (including both the English language test or UK NARIC fee and the Life in the UK test)
  • Pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme

To be eligible, you'll need to have applied for your visa or settlement on or after the following dates:

Permission type Visa application on or after
An initial Tier 2 visa 1 August 2017
 An extension/renewal of a Tier 2 visa  1 August 2017
An initial Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent/Exceptional Promise) visa 8 November 2018
An extension/renewal of a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent/ Exceptional Promise) visa 8 November 2018
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK 8 November 2018
Settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme 8 November 2018

There's a guidance document at the bottom of this page which explains the scheme in detail and gives step by step instructions on how to reclaim the cost.

If you need financial help with other costs relating to immigration, such as dependant visas/settlement, the NHS surcharge or UK NARIC fees, we might be able to help with an interest free loan. You can find out more on our interest free loan web page.

If you need any additional guidance please contact your local Faculty/Service Human Resources team who'll be more than happy to help, or email