Weve 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.
Group legal briefing sessions
Led by Emma Brooksbank and her colleagues at Freeths Solicitors, these sessions are aimed at EEA staff (ie those who dont 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").
If youre a new or current member of staff applying for a Tier 2 visa (original application or extension), we can reimburse the cost of your visa. You can find further information about the reimbursement scheme here.
If youre a new or current member of staff 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
Were happy to confirm the essential information needed for a permanent residence and/or citizenship application. Please contact the Central HR office (tel 0113 343 4146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 well continue to provide on the For Staff website, EEA colleagues might find the Universities UKs 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.