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VISA UNDERSTANDING FOR SCHOOLS

VISA UNDERSTANDING FOR SCHOOLS

There are a number of ways in which international teachers can enter the UK. The following options will not require any involvement or sponsorship from the school.

  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa (YMS) – valid for 2 years to 18-30 year olds and available from Canada, NZ, Australia and Hong Kong
  • Ancestry Visa – This (up to) 5 year visa is eligible to teachers with immediate UK family ties such as a parent or grandparent who was born in the UK.
  • British or Irish passport holder

Teachers entering the UK through any of these means will have the option to work in a school employed contractually through Quantum Scholars with a more flexible notice period.

EUROPEAN UNION (EU PASSPORT)
Candidates with a passport from any country within the European Union, they will have the automatic right to enter the UK up until 31 December 2020 whereupon they must register under the EU Settlement Scheme from within the UK. From 01 January 2021 all European passport holders will be subject to a points-based visa requirement.

SPONSORING AN INTERNATIONAL TEACHER
Quantum Scholars also recruit teachers from countries where citizens may require Tier 2 sponsorship in order to work. This includes:

  • All citizens from the USA, Jamaica and South Africa
  • All citizens aged 31 and over from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
  • All citizens aged under 31 from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong who have previously used a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

Positive changes to immigration rules from January 2021
It is important to note that the sponsorship process will becoming much more straightforward from January 31st 2021 with a whole host of changes taking place that will not only simplify the process but allow schools to recruit more non-core subject teachers.

The requirement to advertise non-shortage subject teachers such as English and Humanities for a 30 day period will be removed and the new minimum salary threshold to meet will be reduced to £25,600 from its current £30,000. This will ensure that younger teachers with less experience will comfortably meet new sponsorship requirements.

It is important to note that within these immigration changes EU citizens will now also require sponsorship. Therefore it makes sense for all schools to either hold visa sponsorship or have access to it through their local authority.

To ensure schools understand how to sponsor a candidate requiring sponsorship, Quantum Scholars work with a UK immigration consultancy People Force Immigrationwww.people-force.co.uk/immigration ) who provide invaluable support as the visa process gets underway.

As part of the service towards hiring a Quantum Scholars candidate, a visa consultation is provided to schools for free.

Easy-to-read guides for schools have also been created to help those wishing to understand more about sponsorship. Please email qs@quantum-scholars.co.uk if you’d like to find out more.

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