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Skilled Worker visa

​The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) visa and is the main UK immigration route for non-UK resident workers. It is employer-sponsored. The university has a sponsorship licence and can provide a Certificate of Sponsorship for certain roles where they meet the sponsorship criteria.

To be eligible, certain mandatory requirements must be met under the points-based immigration system. A total of 70 points is needed to be able to apply for this visa:

Sponsorship (job offer from a licensed sponsor): The applicant must have a job offer from an employer approved to sponsor Skilled Worker visas and be assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). (20 points – mandatory)

Job at appropriate skill level: The job offered must be at the appropriate skill level (A level/equivalent or above). (20 points – mandatory)

English language skills: The applicant must have English Language skills at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or above. There are several ways to meet this requirement. (10 points – mandatory) 

Minimum salary: The job offered must meet a minimum salary level (Up to 20 points depending on salary level)

Meeting all the above requirements will result in a total of 70 points. There are also options to ‘trade’ points in relation to salary, PhD qualification and where the job is on a shortage occupation list. 

Global Talent visa

The ​Global Talent visa replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa on the 20 February 2020. 

The Global Talent visa is for talented leaders or potential leaders in the fields of:
academia or research
arts and culture
digital technology

There are 4 routes within the Global Talent Visa category for eligible academics and researchers. Each route has very specific eligibility requirements and applicants must carefully check which route best applies to your circumstances.

1. Academic and Research appointments route (Fast-track)​
2. Individual fellowships route (Fast-track)
3. Endorsed Funders route (Fast-track)
4. Peer Review route (Standard)

It is a non-sponsored visa, however routes 1 and 3 (see above) require an 'HR Statement of Guarantee' letter to be provided by the employer. Where the Human Resources team assesses that a role which is being recruited for is likely to meet the criteria for a Global Talent visa, support with the letter will be provided to enable the applicant to apply for an endorsement.

The application process consists of two separate stages: 

Stage 1: Applying for and obtaining endorsement from one of the six endorsing bodies engaged by the Home Office 

Stage 2: Visa application 

Tier 4/Student visa

The Tier 4/Student visa​ is a study visa, however students may be able to work alongside their studies. Working permissions depend on what they are studying and whether they are working in or out of term-time. Students studying full-time undergraduate/postgraduate degrees at Edinburgh Napier University will normally be permitted to work 20 hours per week during term time. This visa normally permits full-time working during course vacation periods and upon course completion, however this must be checked before offering work to ensure that the work is suitable and evidence of vacation period/course completion date is obtained. PhD students do not have set term dates, so are considered to be in term time all year unless they have written permission from their supervisor and the Student Visa and Internationational Support team to take a period of annual leave. Student visa holders are not permitted to take a full-time permanent role unless they obtain an alternative immigration status. 

Please email humanresources@napier.ac.uk or call 0131 455 3344 to speak to a member of the People Team, who will be happy to provide guidance on this.