Support for international colleagues

We’re an international university with an outward-looking approach and we’re determined to attract and welcome staff and students from across the world and to do our best to support them when they are here.

To this end, we offer a range of practical measures to support all staff with 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.

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 will focus on updates on Brexit progression. Check our Events page, the Event Highlights section of the For Staff homepage, on staff notice boards, and on 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 these consultations.

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 are free to contact any lawyer you choose, but we have negotiated preferential rates for University staff with Freeths Solicitors.

Financial support

If you’re 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 to you. You can find further information about the scheme on this website.

If you’re a new or current member of staff who wants to apply for the right to work in the UK for you and your dependents, we offer an interest free loan of up to £5,000 to help with the cost of application and legal fees. Again, you can find further information about the scheme on this website.

Evidence of employment and earnings in a ‘To whom it may concern’ letter

We’re 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

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.

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


We've engaged Freeths Solicitors to run both group and one-to-one meetings to advise colleagues on immigration matters.

Events in the current academic session are as follows:

Brexit update sessions aimed at EEA colleagues (ie who don't need a visa to live and work in the UK)
Date Time Location
Tuesday 27th February 2018 10.30am to 12pm Room G.23, 28 University Road
Tuesday 10th April 2018 10am to 11.30am Speakman Lecture Theatre, Clothworkers Central Building
Wednesday 6th June 2018 2pm to 3.30pm Room G.23, 28 University Road

You can book onto the next event at Eventbrite.

One-to-one advice sessions aimed at all international colleagues
Date Time Location
Thursday 19th April 2018 10am to 4pm Room 11.12 EC Stoner Building
Wednesday 13th June 2018 10am to 4pm Room 11.12 EC Stoner Building

Please contact Lisa Courtney in Human Resources to register your interest in a one-to-one meeting with Emma Brooksbank of Freeths Solicitors, including a short explanation of your query in your email.