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Lead Immigration and Compliance Advisor

The University of Cambridge is recognised globally as a renowned centre for research, education and scholarship. We employ more than 12,500 staff in a range of academic, research and professional services roles, all of whom play a key role in maintaining and enhancing our world leading reputation.

The Immigration and Compliance Team is one of five teams within the HR Shared Service. The team provides advice and guidance on all work-related immigration and screening matters to Institutions within the University, together with advice to employees both current and prospective. It is responsible for the University's Skilled Worker and Government Authorised Exchange visas (GAE) licences which enable the University to recruit the brightest and the best from around the world.

The Role:

The purpose of this role is to lead on the operation of the University's duties and responsibilities as a licenced Immigration Sponsor, taking responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Skilled Worker and Temporary Worker GAE sponsor licences, through management of the processes and procedures which govern the operation of these licences. The role will also be pivotal in assisting in educating the rest of the University on the correct procedures for compliance and immigration matters.

Leading and taking full responsibility on updates and improvements to processes and procedures, seeking efficiencies and adapting them to reflect changes in Home Office guidance. Using initiative to evaluate and create new ways of working and deliver training to the team that improves the efficiency and agility of the team, based on experience and knowledge of the Advisor role and the needs of the team.

Assessing and creating Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS), and providing advice on other non-sponsored visa routes to facilitate the recruitment of overseas nationals to the Collegiate University.

About you:

In order to succeed in this role, it is essential that you hold extensive experience of the UK immigration system, as it relates to the recruitment of staff, and its application within a research-intensive Higher Education Institution, coupled with experience of creating, implementing and managing processes and procedures within a team.

In addition, experience of creating and assessing eligibility for Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) for Skilled Worker and GAE applications. Undertaking all required duties of a Level 1 user of the UKVI Sponsor Management System, acting without day-to-day oversight, and experience of providing advice and guidance for non-sponsored immigration routes such as Global Talent, Dependant visas and Indefinite leave to Remain.

Further information about the role and its responsibilities is available via the link below.

Benefits of working at Cambridge include:

  • Competitive rates of pay with automatic service related pay progression and annual cost of living increases;
  • Generous annual leave allowance of 41 days paid leave (including bank holidays);
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities;
  • Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries and salary exchange schemes for childcare);
  • An auto-enrolment pension scheme , with a generous employer contribution;
  • Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores;
  • Schemes to support with relocation / the provision of accommodation

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Graeme Ross at

The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th June 2023

Interviews will be held Monday 12th June 2023

Please quote reference AH36771 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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