Right to work - Supplementary employment

The Skilled Worker visa route replaced Tier 2 on 1 December 2020, but many will still hold Tier 2 visas until they apply to extend their visa and are then issued a Skilled Worker visa.

Skilled Worker/ Tier 2 sponsored visa holders

Some prospective employees who are non-UK/Irish nationals may hold a Skilled Worker or Tier 2 visa. These visas only permit an individual to work for the sponsor who issued them with a Certificate of Sponsorship and only allow them to work in the specific post that was detailed when the Certificate of Sponsorship was issued (although supplementary work may be permitted under certain conditions).

 

Therefore, when conducting right to work checks on prospective employees, departments and colleges should be aware that current Skilled Worker/ Tier 2 visa holders with another employer will not be permitted to take up new employment without either obtaining a new Skilled Worker visa for the post in question or switching into an employment visa route that does not restrict an individual to working in a specific post for a specific employer such as Global Talent.

In such cases, the prospective employee will not be permitted to take up the new post until a new visa is granted that allows them to do so.

Further information on Skilled Worker visa holders undertaking supplementary work can be found below.

 

Temporary Worker (Former Tier 5) sponsored visa holders

Supernumerary researchers, lecturers and external examiners and research interns may enter the UK under Temporary Worker (Government Authorised Exchange), previously known as Tier 5.

Temporary Worker/Tier 5 visas only permit an individual to conduct research/teach/act as an external examiner for the sponsor who issued them with a Certificate of Sponsorship (although supplementary work may be permitted under certain circumstances) and only allow them to work on the specific research project/teaching that was detailed when the Certificate of Sponsorship was issued. Therefore, when conducting right to work checks on sponsored researchers, departments should be aware that current Temporary Worker/Tier 5 visa holders with another sponsor will not be permitted to take up the research/teaching/external examiner opportunity without obtaining a new Temporary Worker visa.

Departments and colleges should note that in such cases, the researcher will not be permitted to take up the research opportunity until a new visa is granted that allows them to do so.

Further information on Temporary Worker/Tier 5 visa holders undertaking supplementary work can be found below.

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