This section offers a brief overview of UK visa and immigration requirements. At the point of acceptance of an employment offer at the School, the Research and Faculty Office will be in touch with details of what you will need to do, based on your particular circumstances. Please note that this section is targeted at core faculty members and arrangements may vary for faculty on different types of contract.
To make sure that the School is fully compliant with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulation, we need to ensure that new employees are eligible to take up employment in the UK. You will be asked to provide documentary evidence of your eligibility to accept employment.
Please note that the United Kingdom recently voted to leave the EU. It is currently unclear how this will impact upon EEA Nationals, however it is important that potential new faculty are aware of this decision and keep themselves updated on any developments in this matter. The Research and Faculty Office are happy to assist with any queries you may have.
You will be asked to provide the following documentary evidence before starting work:
- an official document showing your National Insurance number, e.g. payslip, P45 or P60
- birth certificate
Find out more information about EEA countries
Non-EEA nationals taking up employment at the School will be assessed for eligibility to live and work in the UK under the Points Based System (PBS).
In the vast majority of cases, London Business School will issue you with a Tier 2 (General) Certificate of Sponsorship. You will then use this to obtain your visa.
Find out more information about Tier 2
Tier 2 Visas
If you are a non-EEA national with a Tier 2 (General) Certificate of Sponsorship, you will need to get a visa for yourself, and (if you will be joined by your family in the UK) for your spouse and children, before travelling to the UK.
The cost of your visa and that of any dependants can be met from your relocation budget. Obtaining your visa is a relatively straightforward task and most incoming faculty do this for themselves. However, if you wish to get legal assistance, this can also be charged to your relocation budget.
You may wish to contact your nearest British Embassy or Consulate to check with them the formalities that you need to go through before leaving for the UK.
All UKVI visa applicants are required to provide biometric information as part of the visa application process. If you refuse to provide your biometrics, your visa will not be processed. You will need to go in person to your nearest visa application centre to provide your biometrics.
Immigration Health Surcharge
To cover the cost of National Health Service (NHS) healthcare for migrants, the Immigration Act 2014 introduced an Immigration Health Surcharge, which applies to all non-EEA/Swiss citizens applying for visas which are longer than six months in duration (excluding Visitor visas). You will need to pay the surcharge, and for core faculty the School will reimburse the cost of this for yourself and any dependants with your first salary payment.
Find out more about the Immigration Health Surcharge
Registering With The Police
After you arrive in the United Kingdom, you may have to register your stay with the police. You must register if you are from:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
If you need to register, this requirement will be written on your visa in your passport. You must register within seven days of arriving in the United Kingdom, or you could be fined.