About us and what we do

The SIT remit includes:

  • Advice and assistance related to the following UK work visa routes: Global Talent, Skilled Worker and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa
  • Information about sponsorship by the University of Oxford, documents and requirements for this process
  • Visa renewals
  • Changing visa status (switching from one visa category to another; change of sponsors)
  • Assistance and tailored advice about refused applications, lost documents, issues and complications during visa applications
  • Advice on visa terms and conditions
  • Advice on right to work issues for different visa categories
  • Guidance on the requirements and application process for Indefinite Leave to Remain/settlement
  • Guidance on the requirements and application process for EEA Registration Certificates and Permanent Residence
  • Any other immigration and/or nationality related guidance, advice or assistance

Where assistance is required which is outside the SIT current remit, they will provide links to sources of relevant information: the Home Office and/or external legal advice.

SIT provides advice and assistance in good faith based on information provided by the visa applicants and their employing/host department or college. It is therefore essential to provide them with all information and documents which are or might be relevant to each particular immigration case.  They cannot accept responsibility for any negative decisions made on the basis of information not disclosed to them.

In the event of a negative decision by the Home Office, SIT will either use their best efforts to resolve the matter, or alternatively refer the individuals to external bodies who can assist them.

A detailed breakdown of various areas of responsibility for Immigration and Right to Work, and how they are split between the Staff Immigration Team and departments/colleges, is provided in the Immigration and Right to Work Roles & Responsibilities document.

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The Staff Immigration Team are permitted to provide immigration advice and services under a Ministerial Exemption Order. They are authorised and regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) who issues a Code of Standards the University is obliged to follow.

The OISC may inspect the Staff Immigration Team and client records at any time.

The advice and assistance provided by the Staff Immigration Team is free of charge.

Visa application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge and other costs related to visa applications are to be met by the individuals applying for a visa. The employing/host department or college may reimburse visa fees to the applicant at their discretion. Information about this can be found in the Reimbursement Policy

The cost of issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), as well as cost of the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), if applicable, is born by the department/college requesting the CoS.

In some circumstances it may be appropriate to discuss a case with external organisations such as the Home Office or the University’s external legal advisor. The Staff Immigration Team aims to discuss cases anonymously with other external organisations, however when special assistance is required, the individual may need to disclose certain personal information (such as name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, etc.). When this is required, SIT must comply with the GDPR and related UK data protection legislation and will therefore seek written agreement from the individual before taking any action.

The Staff Immigration Team are employees of the University of Oxford. The Staff Immigration Team will not be able to advise or act for you (the client) where there is a real or potential conflict of interest between you and the University. In these circumstances, we will notify you in writing.

If at any stage you have any concerns regarding the conduct of your case, please raise them with your advisor in writing. If you are not satisfied with the response from your advisor you may contact the Team Leader of the Staff Immigration Team (james.baker@admin.ox.ac.uk) who will provide an initial written response within a reasonable timeframe.

If we are unable to resolve the matter to your satisfaction or you wish to pursue your complaint through other channels, you are entitled to raise it through the OISC Complaints Scheme. Their address is The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, 5th Floor, 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3HF.

Training for Administrators

The team runs regular training courses on Global Talent visa, Skilled Worker visa, Tier 5, Visitors and Right to Work



Forms & Guidance 

Download the forms and guidance documents



Contact us

Medical Sciences / Humanities / GLAM  / UAS / Continuing Education

Angelina Pelova, Email: angelina.pelova@admin.ox.ac.uk 

Paul Deeble, Email: paul.deeble@tss.ox.ac.uk


MPLS / Social Sciences / Colleges

Lyn Davis, Email: lyn.davis@admin.ox.ac.uk

Richard Birt, Email: richard.birt@admin.ox.ac.uk