Appointing staff: Ensuring they have the right to work in the UK

All new starters – even those returning after a break in service – must present proof of their right to work to HR before doing any work at the School

Once you’ve decided to offer someone a role, and regardless of whether it is on a salaried, hourly-paid or on a casual basis, you should check that the person has the right to work in the UK before they start working for you.

Set out below is the key information that you will need regarding right to work, and employing staff with visas.

Right to work checks

Anyone who is going to be conducting work at LSE, regardless of whether they are on a salaried, hourly-paid or casual contract, requires a right to work check. This includes new starters and those who are returning to the School to work after a break in service.

To guide you through the process of carrying out a right to work check, we have compiled several useful reference documents:

A guide to the right to work check [PDF]

Annex A: List of acceptable documents for right to work checks [PDF]

Common scenarios and when to do a right to work check [PDF]

Employing Tier 4 students 

Tier 4 visas are granted for the purpose of studying in the UK.  Although a Tier 4 student can work, they are restricted in the number of hours that they can work each week, because their primary reason for being in the UK is to study not work.

Tier 4 students can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time. This includes paid and unpaid work. 

To guide you through the process of appointing staff on a Tier 4 visas, we have compiled a handy how-to guide:

A manager's guide to employing Tier 4 students [PDF]

Please make sure that the Tier 4 student does not work more hours than their visa allows and they should send you a completed copy of their Tier 4 student declaration form before commence work. 

In addition, please remind them to keep HR informed of any changes to their circumstances, for example if they complete their course or work additional hours elsewhere.  

Tier 2 sponsorship

Tier 2 is an employer-sponsored category which allows organisations to bring skilled workers to the UK.

To be eligible for sponsorship there must be evidence that, the role is skilled to at least graduate level, the role attracts a minimum salary of £30,000 per annum and there is no settled worker who meets the requirements.

Academic, research and LSE Fellow roles normally meet this criteria, however sponsorship is considered for professional services roles on an exceptional basis.

To guide you through the process of appointing staff on a Tier 2 visas, we have compiled a handy how-to guide:

A manager's guide to Tier 2 visas [PDF]

 Global Talent

Global Talent visa is the new name given to the previous Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa and permits employment in the UK.  It enables individuals to work in the UK in any role on an unrestricted basis for the duration of their visa. 

There are two routes for applying for a Global Talent visa; Exceptional Promise and Exceptional Talent.  The Exceptional Promise route is for individuals who can demonstrate they have the potential to be a world leader in their field.  The Exceptional Talent route is for individuals who can demonstrate that they are already established world leaders in their field.

To guide you through the process of appointing staff on a Global Talent visa, we have compiled a handy how-to guide: 

A Department/Institute/Centre’s Guide [PDF] 

 

School's Immigration Policy

The School's full policy on immigration [PDF] is available on the LSE's dedicated policy portal. 

If you have any further queries, feel free to contact a member of the HR team at hr.visas@lse.ac.uk.