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Information and Support for International Colleagues

Message from the Vice-Chancellor:

We recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution that all our international colleagues bring, through their research, teaching and through the internationalisation of our University in general. Northumbria remains a global University, committed to working with our partners and building relationships and collaborations locally, nationally, and internationally.

We continue to encourage, and invest in attracting, a diverse mix of colleagues and students from across the globe, as well as support their development and help them to become part of the Northumbria community and contribute to its future. Our Vision and Corporate Strategy provide a strong basis for this work and for meeting the challenges and maximising the opportunities that lie ahead.

Northumbria continues to welcome and support EU and international colleagues following the referendum outcome to leave the EU.

The University recognises that immigration costs can be high and offers new non-UK colleagues enhanced relocation assistance to cover their own immigration fees relating to their Skilled Worker or Global Talent visa, including immigration healthcare surcharge fees. 

Please refer to Relocation Assistance.

In addition, the University is also able to offer international colleagues an interest free short-term loan to help them with any other immigration application costs for themselves and dependents. Please refer to the Employee Loan Policy.

If you were already in the UK before 31 December 2020, and you have not already applied to the EU Settlement Scheme for pre-settled or settled status we would encourage you to apply.  The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. This would be the easiest way to evidence an ongoing right to live, work and/or study in the UK.

To make an application to the scheme please visit the web site.

From 1 January 2021 EU, EEA and non-EEA citizens will need to apply for a visa from the Home Office to enter, live and work in the UK. 

To appoint individuals from outside the UK the University will need to apply to sponsor them and, in most circumstances, this will be under the Skilled Worker route or Global Talent route. 

The role will need to satisfy salary and skill level criteria and the individual will need to pass an English language test and criminal record check. 

The above information is for guidance only, you are advised to visit for the latest and more detailed information in relation to UK Immigration rules. 

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  • Follow on applications with a 10% discount to our fixed fees. 
  • Initial contact via email ( ,online chat/contact us form  on their website or by telephone on 0330 1337777. If “Northumbria” is mentioned, they will link the offer. 
  • Halliday Reeves Brochure for information. 

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