Global Talent

The Global Talent visa is for those who are internationally recognised or likely to become world leaders in arts and culture, humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and medical science research, engineering or digital technology.

Tier 1 (Investor) Visa

This visa designed to encourage people to invest and stay in the UK.

Within 5 years or less, depending on the amount invested, you can achieve permanent residency (“Indefinite Leave to Remain”) in the UK. In the 6th year, you can apply for British Citizenship. A minimum investment of £2 million is required.

A Tier 1 (Investor) Visa provides a way for international students with the financial means to reside and work in the UK without needing to rely on an employer-sponsored visa. Visa holders can:

  • Graduate and apply for full-time employment without company sponsorship
  • Continue to reside in the UK and can choose whether or not to work, study etc
  • Continue as a student and work unlimited employed hours if desired
  • Have additional family members as dependents (in certain circumstances)

You are also advised to consult an immigration solicitor for advice on the formal legal process. The following organisations are experienced in assisting international students at the University or you may prefer to contact another organisation for legal advice. The Immigration Law Professional Association has a list of organisations that provide immigration advice.

For further information see the Tier 1 Investor visa guidance on the UK Visas and immigration website:

Students' Union Sabbatical Officers

Students' union sabbatical officers are paid, elected executive union positions.

UK and Republic of Ireland ancestry


The UK ancestry route allows eligible persons to work in the UK. You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if you are a Commonwealth citizen and are able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK. For further information and eligibility see the UK Visa & Immigration website.

Republic of Ireland

Information about Irish citizenship through birth or descent is available on the Citizens Information Board website.

EU settlement Scheme

In some circumstances, EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens may be able to apply to the EU Settlement scheme. For further details, see