UK Visa scheme to attract Researchers to the UK

The recent slowdown in migration to the UK from the EU, together with new relaxed visa measures will hopefully create exciting opportunities for non-EU nationals, to live and work in the UK.

One such an exciting new visa opportunity is the UKRI Science, Research and Academia Scheme. The scheme opened on 6 July 2018.

UK Visa for Researchers

The UKRI Science, Research, and Academia Scheme allow scientists, researchers, and academics from outside the EEA to come to the UK for up to two years.

The aim of this new visa scheme is to encourage the ongoing growth of the research sector in the UK. The UK Government hopes that the new research visa scheme will make it easier for international researchers to train and work in the UK.

How the UKRI Science, Research, and Academia Scheme works in Practice

This new visa route falls under the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange (GAE)) immigration route.

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will operate the scheme. They will in conjunction with twelve other approved research organisations directly sponsor highly skilled individuals to work and train in the UK.

The UKRI will be the scheme owner and will monitor all sponsor organisations. The sponsor organisations in return will require individual Tier 5 sponsor licenses.

Under this visa scheme, “Sponsored researchers” may include academics, researchers, scientist, research engineers and other skilled research technology specialists.

The sponsored researchers will be allowed to give lectures as long as it does not amount to a formal teaching post. They may act as examiners, undertake skills development or knowledge transfers, undertake a period of work-based training/work experience/internship/placement or work on research collaborations.

The approved research organisations inter alia include the Natural History Museum, The Sainsbury’s Laboratory, National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

If you are interested in finding out more about this scheme, please make an appointment with one of our consultants at [email protected]