Support for international colleagues

We know there's lots to think about if you are relocating. In this page we've provided some useful information and resources to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

From finding accommodation, to setting up a bank account or registering with a doctor, it's all here. And if you can't find what you're looking for then you can always speak to one of our Buddies, or a member of our Human Resources team (hrservicesteam@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

International colleagues - one woman and two men, smiling

International Buddy network

Our international buddy network has been set up to support people joining the university from overseas. This network aims to make the transition to working in the UK easier by giving you the opportunity to contact a Leeds Beckett colleague who has experienced it themselves and can offer you advice and support based on their own real-life experiences.

Getting started: the essentials

If you made your visa application from outside of the UK, then you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) once you arrive in the UK.

For your salary to be paid each month, it’s essential for you to open a UK bank account. Pay day usually falls on the 26th of the month (academic colleagues) or 16th of the month (support colleagues). If when opening a UK bank account you require a letter from the University to confirm your employment, please contact the HR Services team (HRServicesteam@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)

The National Health Service (NHS) provides information on conditions, treatments and local services. You will find it helpful to register with a local GP. You can find details of local GPs, hospitals and dentists in the Leeds area click on the NHS website.

Calling for NHS advice

If you are feeling unwell and need a telephone health assessment, you can call the free NHS helpline service from any phone by dialling "111”.

Find a GP with the NHS

If you made your visa application from outside of the UK, then you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) once you arrive in the UK.

For your salary to be paid each month, it’s essential for you to open a UK bank account. Pay day usually falls on the 26th of the month (academic colleagues) or 16th of the month (support colleagues). If when opening a UK bank account you require a letter from the University to confirm your employment, please contact the HR Services team (HRServicesteam@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)

The National Health Service (NHS) provides information on conditions, treatments and local services. You will find it helpful to register with a local GP. You can find details of local GPs, hospitals and dentists in the Leeds area click on the NHS website.

Calling for NHS advice

If you are feeling unwell and need a telephone health assessment, you can call the free NHS helpline service from any phone by dialling "111”.

Further information regarding employment and immigration

You can find lots of information about moving to the UK for work on the UK government website Gov.UK.

Visit Gov.UK

Helpful information for a smooth transition

All workers in the UK pay tax and National Insurance. The amount of income tax you pay depends on how much you earn and tax rate bands are subject to annual change. Tax payments are automatically taken out of the salary paid to you by the university.

Depending on your home country’s tax rules and how long you will be based in the UK, you may also still have to pay tax in your home country. The UK has formed agreements with many countries to ensure that individuals will only have to pay tax in one location, and for countries where no agreement exists, the UK rules ensure individuals do not suffer a double tax charge on their income.

Find out more about income taxes

National Insurance is the UK’s social security scheme. Paying National Insurance may enable you to qualify for certain benefits and the State Pension. Your contribution will automatically be taken out of your salary.

You will need a National Insurance (NI) number to make sure your National Insurance contributions and tax are recorded against your name only. You will find more information about applying for a NI number on Gov.UK (if you have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), you might have a NI number already – it will be printed on the back of your BRP if you do).

Apply for a national insurance number

You can find out more about the UK state pension on Gov.uk. You’ll usually need at least 10 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions (NIC) to get any State Pension.

If you have less than 10 years' UK NIC, you may be able to use your overseas social security contributions to make up the 10 qualifying years needed to get a UK state pension. This is most likely if you have lived or worked in the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland or certain countries that have a social security agreement with the UK. For more information and an example of how this works, see Gov.uk.

More information about the University’s occupational pension schemes is available on the HR Pension webpage (colleague access only).

More information on the UK state pension

Home Office guidance

The below Home Office webpage gives you advice on protecting yourself from tricks and scams the Home Office are aware have affected other people with a visa. If you receive an unexpected email, telephone call or letter from someone who claims to be from the Home Office, it may not be genuine. In particular, the Home Office will never contact you to ask for money or your personal details.

Home Office guidance

The following Home Office webpages provide information about British citizenship and Dual Citizenship (dual nationality).

You do not need to tell UKVI if your BRP expires on 31 December 2024 but your immigration status (for example, your visa) allows you to stay longer.

You will not need a BRP from 1 January 2025. You’ll be able to prove your immigration status online, without a BRP.

UKVI will update their information on how to prove your immigration status in early 2024. You do not need to do anything and your immigration status will not be affected.

Home Office Guidance

All workers in the UK pay tax and National Insurance. The amount of income tax you pay depends on how much you earn and tax rate bands are subject to annual change. Tax payments are automatically taken out of the salary paid to you by the university.

Depending on your home country’s tax rules and how long you will be based in the UK, you may also still have to pay tax in your home country. The UK has formed agreements with many countries to ensure that individuals will only have to pay tax in one location, and for countries where no agreement exists, the UK rules ensure individuals do not suffer a double tax charge on their income.

National Insurance is the UK’s social security scheme. Paying National Insurance may enable you to qualify for certain benefits and the State Pension. Your contribution will automatically be taken out of your salary.

You will need a National Insurance (NI) number to make sure your National Insurance contributions and tax are recorded against your name only. You will find more information about applying for a NI number on Gov.UK (if you have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), you might have a NI number already – it will be printed on the back of your BRP if you do).

You can find out more about the UK state pension on Gov.uk. You’ll usually need at least 10 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions (NIC) to get any State Pension.

If you have less than 10 years' UK NIC, you may be able to use your overseas social security contributions to make up the 10 qualifying years needed to get a UK state pension. This is most likely if you have lived or worked in the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland or certain countries that have a social security agreement with the UK. For more information and an example of how this works, see Gov.uk.

More information about the University’s occupational pension schemes is available on the HR Pension webpage (colleague access only).

Home Office guidance

The below Home Office webpage gives you advice on protecting yourself from tricks and scams the Home Office are aware have affected other people with a visa. If you receive an unexpected email, telephone call or letter from someone who claims to be from the Home Office, it may not be genuine. In particular, the Home Office will never contact you to ask for money or your personal details.

The following Home Office webpages provide information about British citizenship and Dual Citizenship (dual nationality).

You do not need to tell UKVI if your BRP expires on 31 December 2024 but your immigration status (for example, your visa) allows you to stay longer.

You will not need a BRP from 1 January 2025. You’ll be able to prove your immigration status online, without a BRP.

UKVI will update their information on how to prove your immigration status in early 2024. You do not need to do anything and your immigration status will not be affected.

Does Leeds Beckett offer a loan scheme?

As an employee of Leeds Beckett University, you can access a Leeds Credit Union savings and loan scheme through which you can save a minimum amount from your salary on a monthly basis. Once a certain level of saving is reached you can apply for a low cost loan of up to five times the amount saved.

For further information please call 0113 2145252 or visit the Leeds Credit Union website. For an application form, please contact Payroll by email at payroll@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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