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Fri 7 May 2021
13:00 - 14:30

Venue: N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:ATL)

Provided by: PPD Personal and Professional Development


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The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) and Visas for Researchers

Fri 7 May 2021


Following a recent announcement by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCO), the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) will be expanded to international researchers as well as international students.

The ATAS scheme currently applies to certain international students who require a visa to study in the UK and are intending to study at postgraduate level in certain sensitive subjects which may be “against the UK’s national interests”, predominately in programmes to develop Advanced Conventional Military Technology (ACMT), weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or their means of delivery.

From 21 May 2021, the ATAS will be extended to cover ‘researchers’ intending to work in the UK in areas of research in these same sensitive areas. The ATAS requirement will only affect those applying for Skilled Worker, Tier 5 GAE and visitor visas.

The briefings will be run by Graeme Ross, Immigration and Compliance Manager for the HR Division, and will be held remotely via Zoom. The briefing will cover the known areas of guidance on how the scheme will operate, who will be eligible for an ATAS certificate, and the potential impacts on recruitment and immigration at the University.

For those who cannot attend either date, the sessions will be recorded and details will follow after the session.

Target audience

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 7 May   13:00 - 14:30 13:00 - 14:30 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:ATL) Graeme Ross

To understand

  • Who is a ‘researcher’ for ATAS purposes, and who is exempt from the requirement.
  • Which areas of research will be affected by the need to gain an ATAS certificate.
  • How the individual gains the ATAS certificate, and how this connects to the Certificate of Sponsorship and visa application processes.
  • The separate process for visitors requiring ATAS, who this will impact, and responsibilities for checking the certificate.

One session of one hour plus Q&A

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