IMPORTANT: Changes to Tier 2:Please be aware that changes to Tier 2 and Indefinite Leave to Remain recently came into effect and affect individuals who entered the UK or switched into Tier 2 on or after 6 April 2011.
Department responsibilities of Tier 2 visa holders
All appointments at the LSE are subject to eligibility to work in the UK. All employees are required to produce evidence of their entitlement to work in the UK on or before the first day of employment.
If you are a member of a non-EEA state, you must hold a visa permitting you to work in the UK for the entire duration of your employment at the School.
The immigration regulations are UK Law and the School has no influence in their application. It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure that they have and maintain all required documentation to work in the UK for the duration of their employment at the School. The School will have no alternative but to remove individuals from the staff and payroll of the LSE if visa documentation is not complete.
Please click here to download the School's entitlement to work policy.
Please note that Tier 1 ( general) visa route is now closed to new applicants and has been replaced with the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category. For further information about Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category, please visit the UKBA website.
Individuals who are currently in the UK with a Tier 1 (General) visa are able to apply for an extension to their visa, providing they still meet the points criteria that were in place at the time of their initial application. For further information about applying for an extension to your Tier 1 (General) visa, please see the Tier 1 (General) section on the UKBA website.
To check whether you meet the points criteria, please go to the UKBA's points calculator.
If you wish to apply for an extension to your Tier 1 (General) visa you must ensure that you read all the policy guidance notes on the UKBA website and use the correct and most up-to-date application form. You must also ensure that you include all the required documentation, otherwise your application will be refused.
This category is now closed. Students who wish to work in the UK after they have completed their studies may obtain sponsorship under Tier 2, providing they have a job offer that is sufficiently skilled, attracts a salary of a minimum of £20,000 per year, and they have obtained a qualification that was issued by a Tier 4 licenced institution. For more information, contact your HR Adviser.
LSE can only sponsor individuals for academic vacancies. If you wish to apply for a Tier 2 visa, please contact the HR Division for further information.
If you wish to apply for a Tier 2 visa but cannot meet the maintenance requirements for this visa, you may be eligible for support under the Advance Salary Payments Policy. Please contact the Human Resources Division for further discussion before you apply for your visa.
Please note: Tier 2 visa holders are only permitted to work for the job that they are sponsored for. Tier 2 visas are not transferable between institutions or roles within the same institution.
If you hold a Tier 2 visa for a job at a different institution, or you are offered a new job at LSE, you must apply for a new Tier 2 visa.
Tier 2 – Important Changes to Tier 2 and Indefinite Leave to Remain Applicants
These changes recently came into effect and affect individuals who entered the UK or switched into Tier 2 on or after 6 April 2011. Please see the Changes to Tier 2 and Indefinite Leave to Remain document for further information.
Tier 2 visa holders are subject to monitoring as part of the conditions of the Tier 2 visa. Please see the employees working at the School under the Tier 2 category for a summary of the obligations of a Tier 2 visa holder. It is the responsibility of the Tier 2 visa holder to ensure that these obligations are fully complied with.
The School has an obligation to monitor all employees working at the School under a Tier 2 visa.
Departments who wish to employ a Tier 2 visa holder should refer to the guidance on departmental responsibilities for migrant workers before the appointment starts.
You may apply for an extension to your Tier 2 visa up to three months in advance of the expiry date. You must submit your application for an extension before your current leave expires in order to continue working in the UK.
Please contact your HR Adviser for advice on how to extend your Tier 2 visa.
LSE has a licence to sponsor individuals as a 'Sponsored Researcher' under the 'Government Authorised Exchange' subcategory of Tier 5.
Sponsored Researchers are individuals who are coming to the UK from overseas to undertake research at LSE and are being financially supported – i.e. sponsored – for a maximum of 24 months.
LSE is only able to act as a sponsor for individuals who fulfil all the criteria under the Tier 5 category.
Unpaid visiting academics are not eligible to be sponsored under Tier 5 as a Sponsored Researcher.
Please see the guidance on sponsored researchers for more information.
Tier 5 visa holders are subject to monitoring as part of the conditions of the Tier 5 visa. Please see the employees working at the School under the Tier 5 category for a summary of the obligations of a Tier 5 visa holder. It is the responsibility of the Tier 5 visa holder to ensure that these obligations are fully complied with.
The School has an obligation to monitor all employees working at the School under a Tier 5 visa.
Departments who wish to employ a Tier 5 visa holder will be required to confirm that they accept the responsibility for monitoring all Tier 5 visa holders within their departments for the duration of the sponsorship. Please refer to the guidance on departmental responsibilities for migrant workers before the appointment starts.
Please contact the HR Division for further information about Visas and Sponsored Researchers.
If you wish to appoint a student to a vacancy he or she can work for up to a maximum of 20 hours per week on his or her student visa. Please note that if you would like to appoint an LSE student, LSE students are not permitted to work for more than 15 hours per week unless prior written agreement is obtained from his or her tutor before work commences.
After 5 years continuous residence in the UK, you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, providing you have not exceeded 180 days outside of the UK in total and have spent no more than 90 consecutive days out of the UK in any single period
If you were a Tier 2 visa holder on or after 6 April 2011, you should read about the recent immigration changes that will affect you. Please read the information above under Tier 2 – Important Changes to Tier 2 and Indefinite Leave to Remain Applicants or contact your HR Adviser is you have any other queries.
For more information about applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain, please visit the UKBA website: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/settlement/
If you are not eligible for a Tier 2 visa, a student visa or Indefinite Leave to Remain, please refer to the UKBA website for information on all other visa categories.