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As a manager of international staff, what are my responsibilities in relation to Visa expiration and renewal?
UKVI must be notified of a range of activities in relation to the sponsored worker. When the individual is appointed, you will receive an email from the HR Recruitment Team outlining your obligations. In summary, you need to notify the HR Recruitment Team immediately if:
*The government confirmed in July 2018 that Tier 2 visa holders will not be penalised for some absences from paid work in the UK, which now include engaging in legal strike action. These changes mean that a Tier 2 visa holder's leave to remain will not be affected if such absences cause their salary to fall below the required threshold.
The HR Recruitment Team will report the required information to UKVI. If you are unsure whether UKVI need to be notified of an activity, contact the HR recruitment team.
If you are employing an international student then you are responsible for checking whether they have any other contracts of employment at all with the University, perhaps in a different Directorate or Faculty. This is because no more than 20 hours per week can be worked by any international student during semester time (10 if the course of studies is below foundation level) and this includes any combination of hourly-paid contract. You should also gain documentation of the study and vacation times of the non-UK student and forward these to HR along with other documentation as required on the Eligibility cover sheet.
Please note that when a line manager signs off and authorises a claim form for an hourly-paid Student visa holder employee, they are vouching for the complete accuracy and appropriateness of that claim.