Support for international colleagues

We’ve got lots of international colleagues in every area of the University and we're committed to their support, and to attracting and welcoming new staff from across the world.

We have a range of practical measures to support international colleagues on life in the UK and queries or concerns on immigration matters.

Support for your move to the UK

Our dedicated website for international staff, Relocate@Leeds, is full of useful information about the University and moving to/living in Leeds and the surrounding area, as well as practical information about UK life. You might also find our Joining the University pages useful for when you arrive.

Buddy scheme for international staff

We've introduced a 'buddy' scheme for new international colleagues to help their integration into UK, and University, life and culture. If you'd like to find out more information and get involved, please visit the Relocate@Leeds website.

International staff welcome event

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International, Hai-Sui Yu, hosts a twice yearly welcome reception for new international members of staff. These are by invitation only and are in addition to the all-staff ‘Welcome to Leeds’ session hosted by the Vice-Chancellor. You can download presentations from the most recent event below.

Staff networks

We have a number of staff networks across the University which you're welcome to join. 

Group legal briefing sessions

Led by Emma Brooksbank and her colleagues at Freeths Solicitors, these sessions are aimed at EEA staff (ie those who don’t need a visa to work in the UK) and focus on updates on Brexit progression. Check our Events page, the Events section of For Staff, staff notice boards, and the @UniLeedsStaff Twitter feed for dates and times.

You can download a copy of the slides used at Emma's most recent session below. 

Individual consultations with an external immigration adviser

If you want to discuss personal queries, including those related to residence or citizenship applications, you can book 20-30 minutes with Emma Brooksbank of Freeths Solicitors, who will spend a day at the University every two months. These meetings are open to all staff to book. Keep watching the same channels for further details about booking a consultation.

A list of planned group and individual sessions is available on the next page.

Preferential rates for legal advice from Freeths Solicitors

If, after attending a legal briefing session and an individual consultation, you need further advice you can contact an external lawyer for detailed advice which would be followed up in writing (though this would be at your own expense).  Of course you're free to contact any lawyer you choose, but we've negotiated preferential rates for University staff with Freeths Solicitors.

Help with applications

Freeths also provide help with visa/citizenship/Indefinite Leave to Remain/permanent residence applications, with services ranging from a simple document check to completing the application for you. Fees vary, but you can expect to pay £50-275 to have your documents checked before you submit them, and around £750 for a complete service. Contact them directly to ask for help.

Brexit email update service

Freeths have also introduced an email update service (to register for updates, follow the link and click "If you would like to receive any of our regular eBrochure publications, simply register here").

Financial support

If you’re a new or current employee applying for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) or Tier 2 visa (both original applications and extensions), Indefinite Leave to Remain, or the EU settlement scheme, we can reimburse the cost of your application. You can find further information about the reimbursement scheme here.

If you’re a new or current employee who wants to apply for the right to work in the UK for you and your dependants, we offer an interest free loan of up to £5,000 to help with the cost of application and legal fees. You'll find further information about the loan scheme here.

Evidence of employment and earnings

We’re happy to confirm the essential information needed for an indefinite leave to remain, permanent residence or citizenship application. Please contact the HR Operations: Systems & Admin team (tel 0113 343 4146 or email

If you need evidence of earnings, you can request duplicate P60s or monthly pay information from Employee Self Service – log in with your Windows username and password then:

• For payslips, click on Benefits and Payment, then Salary Statement

• For P60s, click on Personal Information, then Personal Profile, and click the P60 tab


As well as the updates on Brexit that we’ll continue to provide on the For Staff website, EEA colleagues might find the Universities UK’s Brexit FAQ webpage useful. We'll update you on news from UK Visas and Immigration on our News page.

If you have any questions about any of above, or want HR support or advice, please contact your local HR hub.