From the 21 May 2021 individuals undertaking an element of research at PhD in certain sensitive subjects must obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
The following nationalities are exempt from the ATAS requirement:
- UK, EU/EEA and Swiss nationals
- Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, or the United States of America.
Dual nationals who hold one of the listed nationalities above will also be exempt. This is not based on country of residence, but nationality only.
The ATAS requirement applies to both initial and extension Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa applications.
The Staff Immigration Team (SIT) will work with Department, Faculty and College colleagues to identify if the individual will need to obtain an ATAS certificate. If this is required a template letter and guidance will be provided by SIT.
In most cases, where ATAS is applicable the Staff Immigration Team will only be able to issue the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) once the individual has applied for and been issued the ATAS certificate. This means applications must be submitted in good time.
The ATAS certificate reference number will be listed on the CoS and the individual must include a copy of the ATAS certificate in the visa application.
Full details can be found on the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) page.