Human Resources

Applying for a Visa

Support for non EEA nationals applying for their visa

If you are a non EEA national and have been appointed to a role at the University, or you are a current non EEA national working at the university and you need to renew your visa this page provides information regarding the support and assistance you can access.

For Tier 2 and Tier 5 workers who have been appointed or are applying for an extension to their visa, our Human Resources Compliance Adviser will contact you to obtain the relevant information in regard to your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

The Human Resources Compliance Adviser will liaise with you and provide you with the details of your CoS, and will be available to you to provide advice and guidance during the process.

Human Resources will offer to review your visa application (should you wish us to) before submission to UKVI to check for standard errors.  Human Resources cannot guarantee that by checking your application it will be approved by UKVI.

Immigration fee reimbursement for those under Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsorship

For staff employed under the Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsorship routes the University will reimburse you the cost of your successful visa application, and Immigration Health surcharge once you take up post. (Monies lost as a result of a visa application refusal will not be reimbursed)

The University will also reimburse you for the Immigration Health surcharge of up to 3 dependents.  

Human Resources will provide you with information on how to reclaim these expenses at your new starter meeting on your first day of employment (please note we are unable to reimburse these in advance of you taking up post).

The University will also reimburse you for your visa and the Immigration Health Surcharge for yourself and up to 3 dependents) should your employment extend into further period(s) of sponsorship.

Guidance for Non-EEA Applicants Working at and Visiting the University of Portsmouth

The Applying for a Visa- Guidance for Non-EEA Applicants Working at and Visiting the document (pdf) provides information on current UK Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements for either new or existing non UK/EEA staff. 

It includes information on types of visa, recruitment and application as well as the duties and responsibilities of both recruiters and visa holders. Failure to adhere to the requirements of the UKVI could impact on the University’s ability to recruit international applicants. 

For further information on visas and working in the UK, the UKVI website contains lots of useful advice and guidance.