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Employment Prospect in the UK

Want to work while you’re studying in the UK? Here’s how


Working part-time while you study can be a great way to help with the cost of living in the UK and also gain work experience in your field of study.

If you have either a Tier 4 (general) or a Tier 4 (child) visa you can work during your studies and holidays if you:

  • are studying at a publicly-funded higher education institution

  • are studying on a short-term study abroad programme with an overseas higher education institution

  • are over 16

  • are studying a course at NQF level 6 (degree level) and above

However, there may be limits on the type of work you can do and on your permitted working hours. To find out more, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website. You must not work if your passport sticker or identity card says ‘No Work’ or ‘Work Prohibited’, as you will breach your immigration conditions, which is against the law in the UK.

Working after you graduate

If you would like to remain in the UK and work after you complete your studies, you’ll need to get a new visa first, or apply for a visa extension.

The three most common visas available to international students are the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), Tier 2 (General) and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker). You can find out if you’re eligible for one of these visas – and how to apply – on the UK Government website.

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