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Notes for International Applicants

EU/EEA Nationals

Nationals from most European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries can enter and work in the United Kingdom without any restrictions, but if you are a national of a country that has recently joined the European Union, you may need to register before or when you begin work. The chart below shows who needs to register. Further information on the rights of EEA and Swiss nationals can be found on the UK Border Agency (UKBA) website at European citizens.

 

Austria
France
Liechtenstein (Note 1)
Romania (Note 2)
Belgium
Germany
Lithuania
Slovakia
Bulgaria (Note  2)
Greece
Luxembourg
Slovenia
Cyprus
Hungary
Malta
Spain
Czech Republic
Iceland
Netherlands
Sweden
Denmark
Irish Republic
Norway (Note  1)
Switzerland (Note  1)
Estonia
Italy
Poland
UK
Finland
Latvia
Portugal
 

Notes:

  1. Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are not members of the European Union (EU) but citizens of these countries have the same rights to enter, live in and work in the United Kingdom as EU citizens.
     
  2. Nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (also known as the A2 countries or the Second Accession Countries) nationals cannot start work in the United Kingdom without permission which is normally through obtaining an accession worker card.

 

Applicants from outside EU/EEA

To take up an appointment at Aston University, applicants who are nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA who do not have existing permission to work in the UK need to get permission from the UKBA.
 
Should you be successful in applying for a job at the University, unless you can demonstrate that you already have a right to reside and work in the UK, it is likely that you will need to apply for a visa through the points-based immigration system which grants you permission to work. If you need to apply through Tier 2, provided that the job is at an appropriate level, we will apply for a certificate of sponsorship that will enable you to seek permission from the UKBA to take up our offer of employment. However, if we are unable to obtain a certificate, even though you have been offered a post, ultimately it may not be possible for us to employ you.
 
More information about immigration categories and the points-based system can be found at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/.  
 
If you are selected for the position, the University will keep you informed of the progress in obtaining a certificate of sponsorship, and what actions you need to take.

 


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