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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Immigration & Eligibility to Work Policy & Guidance


Durham University remains open and is responding to the COVID-19 virus with the health and wellbeing of our community and the communities of which we are part as our first priority.

For the latest information, please see our designated web page.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has also published guidance on GOV.UK on immigration provisions for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). These changes are now in effect and full details are available here


The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 was revised by the Government and came into force on 29 February 2008. As a result of this, Durham University, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

The following pages aim to provide practical guidance for staff and departments regarding immigration and eligibility to work as we realise this can be a complex topic. The guidance provides information including links to the Home Office (UKVI) website.

The University of Durham makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.

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Human Resources
Rowan House
Mountjoy Centre
Stockton Road
0191 334 6514