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Eligibility to work in the UK and UK/RoI residency

Proof of eligibility to work in the UK

There are legal restrictions on who may undertake employment in the United Kingdom. Nationals of the European Economic Area and Switzerland are permitted to work within the UK, (except for Croatian nationals who have restrictions placed on them). Nationals of other countries, however, normally need to be sponsored by a UK employer and granted permission to stay in the UK by the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI), in order to undertake employment with the sponsoring employer.

Working in the UK photoWhen applying to the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) in order to sponsor someone, the University will be required to demonstrate that there are no other suitable candidates for the post who are citizens of the European Economic Area and Switzerland. If you require sponsorship, this will be processed should your application for appointment be successful. 

Every candidate invited for interview will be required to provide proof of their eligibility to work in the UK by producing verifiable documents. Details of the required documents will be sent to all candidates who are invited for interview and the relevant original documents must be brought to the interview for checking and copying. Please note we are unable to accept photocopies of documents; original document must be provided for checking by Open University staff.

To find out which visas and permissions you may require in order to work in the UK, please see or telephone 0114 207 4074. The general enquiries line is open from 09.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Proof of UK/RoI residency

The Open University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds and nationalities.  As the work for the University will be carried out in the UK or the Republic of Ireland there is a requirement for members of staff to be resident in either the UK or the Republic of Ireland (depending on the requirements of the role).  Members of staff are also expected to live within a reasonable travelling distance of their place of work.  Applications from overseas candidates are therefore permitted provided the candidate intends to move to the UK/RoI to take up the position.  Any offer of employment will be made subject to proof of UK/RoI residency.  If you are applying from outside the UK/RoI please state your intentions on the application form, otherwise it may not be considered.

Please note that you will also need to ensure that you read the information in the links above.

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,