The University of Oxford is able to provide an interest free loan facility to assist current or prospective non EEA employees and their dependants with payment of UK visa fees, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) costs, fees for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications, and/or fees for British citizenship applications. The loan scheme is also open to current European employees and their dependants to assist with fees for British citizenship applications.
Loans are available for any visa applications submitted after 1st August 2018, and British citizenship applications submitted after 1st January 2019. If there are exceptional circumstances, departments and faculties have discretion to allow loans for applications made before this date.
Since the employing department or faculty will be required to underwrite the loan, all loans are subject to the approval of the employee’s department or faculty. Departments are under no obligation to support visa loan requests.
The scheme is not, unfortunately, available for ‘college only’ appointments.
The maximum loan allowed under this scheme is set at £7,500.
If the department is reimbursing visa costs, please contact your departments finance team, who will provide guidance on how to claim back through expenses.
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