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WORK RIGHTS

WORK RIGHTS

Work rights while studying in the UK
Students whose visas are endorsed with a restriction on working can work during term time for up to 20 hours per week and any number of hours during university vacations.

However, please note that Pre-degree level students will be able to work 10 hours per week until the start of their degree programme.

On the new Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card this is clearly stated as “RESTRICTED WORK P/T TERM TIME F/T VACATIONS”. On the old style visa stickers in passports, a restriction is most commonly worded “Work (and any changes) must be authorized” or “Able to work as authorised by The Secretary of State”.

You can also take a work placement with an employer.

Students whose visas are endorsed with a prohibition on working are not permitted to work.

On the new Biometric Residence Permit card this is clearly stated as “NO WORK”. On the old style visa stickers in passports, a prohibition is most commonly worded “No work or recourse to public funds”.

There are still opportunities for international students to work in the UK after they have completed their studies. Students who have completed their course may take up employment in the UK under various schemes which are updated frequently.

For full up to date information on all the schemes currently offered, visist the UK Border Agency (Home Office) website.

Post-study work (PSW)
The Tier 1 (Post-study work) category allows the UK to retain the most able international (non-European) graduates who have studied here. It also enhances the UK's overall offer to international students.

During your permission to stay under Tier 1 (Post-study work), you can look for work without needing to have a sponsor.

The PSW visa will be withdrawn from April 2012 - please refer to the UKBA website for exact details and also see the Talent Scotland Presentation for other options available after the closure of the Post Study Work visa route.

To find out whether you can make an application under Tier 1 (Post-study work), read the UKBA Can you apply? pages.

Dependants
Only postgraduate students studying in the UK for 12 months or more will be able to bring family members with them. Family members can apply for full-time work rights. Undergraduate and pre-degree students will no longer be able to bring dependants with them.