Tier 5 sponsorship is specific to the research being undertaken. As a result, changes to any of the details below must be reported to the Home Office through SIT.
The host department/faculty/college must submit a Changes & Leavers form to SIT reporting any changes in the details below within 5 working days after they take effect, although these types of changes should normally also have been discussed in advance.
This could be as a result of a change in funding or visiting title, for example.
- Duties (research activities)
Proposed changes in duties (research activities) should always be discussed with SIT as early as possible. SIT will review the proposed changes and the amended or new project plan to check that the nature of the visit has not changed. If a Tier 5 visa holder wishes to undertake teaching, this will have to be reported to SIT, who must report this to the Home Office as additional activities before any teaching can commence.
- Funding and/or allowances
One-off payments and reimbursement of expenses do not need to be reported. However, any changes in overseas salary, funding, or allowances must be reported.
Decreases in funding are only permitted if the proposed new funding still meets the Tier 5 threshold. Reductions in funding below the threshold are, however, permitted where this is due to maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption, or sick leave (see below);
Any proposed change in a Tier 5 visa holder's hours should be discussed with SIT and will have to be reported if they take effect.
As any reduction in hours could be accompanied by a reduction in funding, this should be discussed with SIT as early as possible, so that they can check that any new funding arrangement still meet the Tier 5 threshold.
Any change in regular work location, or additional regular work locations, in the UK must be reported to the Home Office. One-off or occasional short periods of research in, or site visits to, other locations do not need to be reported.
Work locations outside the UK do not need to be reported, but if a Tier 5 researcher is working mainly outside the UK, it may need to be discussed whether they need to retain their Tier 5 sponsorship and visa.