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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Entry routes for Non-EEA workers and visitors

Working in the UK

The UKVI introduced the points based system (PBS) in 2008 for employers wishing to employ workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Under the PBS, migrants must pass a points assessment before they can get permission to enter or remain in the UK. 

The points based system is based around four tiers of entry into the UK. Each of the four tiers has different points requirements - the number of points the migrant needs and the way the points are awarded will depend on the tier. The system covers people from outside the EEA who are seeking work or study in the UK. It does not cover short-term visitors.

  • Tier 1 - Exceptional Talent
  • Tier 2 - Skilled Workers
  • Tier 4 - Students
  • Tier 5 - Temporary Workers (including sponsored researchers)

HR will provide information to departments and non-EEA potential / successful candidates on requirements of the immigration categories. For full information on the immigration cateogories please see Immigration & Eligibility to work manual or visit the Home Office website.

Other routes (outside the Points Based System)

Durham university also employs or engages with non-EEA staff working on other visa types, these are:

  • Dependents
  • Academic Visitors (can not be paid fees - only claim expenses)
  • Permitted Paid Engagements

 For full information on the immigration cateogories please see Immigration & Eligibility to work manual or visit the Home Office website.

For guidance on engaging external examiners please see Visitors and External Examiners

 

Link to Home Office Website