International students (beyond EEA)
If you are from outside the EEA, you will need to make another application for immigration permission before your current student visa expires. To work in the UK, your main options are as follows:
Tier 1 Post Study Work – closed from April 5th 2012
Tier 2 (General) – A visa scheme to allow UK employers to recruit someone who originates from outside the UK to fill a skilled, graduate level job due to a shortage of qualified workers. The UKBA provides detailed Tier 2 information.
Eligibility for a Tier 2 visa requires the following however there are additional criteria:
• A job offer with an annual salary of £20,300
• A Certificate of Sponsorship from an organisation that is a licensed sponsor in the UK.
• A recognised English Language ability
• Sufficient funds in your bank account over a period of time. Look at
How does an employer become a Tier 2 sponsor? The UKBA provides guidelines for employers.
• Online application form and supporting documents
• Fees: £500 for small company (less than 50 employees, balance sheet less than 3.2 million, turnover less than 6.5 million) - £1500 for large company.
£179 for each Certificate of Sponsorship
• A ‘resident labour market test’ (the vacancy is advertised in Job Centre Plus for 28 days to resident workers) is not required prior to employing you if you have permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Post-study work) or if you are in the UK as a Tier 4 Student
• There is a limit of 20,700 Certificates for the year from 6 April 2012 to 5 April 2013 and the same limit to 5 April 2014.
• UKBA decide how many certificates of sponsorship (CoS) an employer will be allowed to assign
• Licensed sponsors must comply with certain duties and will be monitored to check compliance
• Before an employer can sponsor a skilled migrant to do a job, he/she must check that the job meets ‘the skill level’ of the job and the 'appropriate rate of pay’ for the job (NQF level 6 from June 14th 2012). This can be found in the Codes of Practice for skills and salaries
• Or, it must appear on The Shortage Occupation List. Shortage occupations are ones for which there are not enough settled workers to fill available jobs in particular sectors. If the job does not meet these conditions, an employer cannot issue a Certificate of Sponsorship.
Point of contact:
Any queries about the application process, employers can contact UKBA by telephone on 0300 123 4699 or by email at: SponsorshipPBSenquiries@ukba.gsi.gov.uk
Tier 5 Temporary workers
A 2 years stay in the UK for work. In most cases, on a student visa, you cannot make a Tier 5 application in the UK, you will have to return to the country where you usually live and make an entry clearance application. There are six different schemes within Tier 5 so you need to check if you meet all the requirements of one or more of them. In some cases, if you need to stay for training in order to qualify in your profession after your studies, it is possible to apply in the UK under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange‘. You would need to check if your professional body intends to become a Tier 5 sponsor.
Tier 1 High Value Migrants
Routes available to exceptionally talented and highly skilled investors and entrepreneurs, including recent graduates from selected UK institutions wanting to work in the UK. You should read the eligibility requirements for your category in full before making an application.
The International Student Support Team at UCLAN offers specialist student visa information.
For individual visa advice regarding work during studies, contact: ISATeam@uclan.ac.uk
Please note, the ISA does not offer individual visa advice appointments about work after study.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.
The UK Border Agency provides up to date visa information up-to-date at the point of writing but we are aware that regulations are subject to change at any time. You are advised to confirm all regulations with the UK Border Agency & you may wish to seek legal advice.
The Immigration Law Practitioners'Association consists of barristers, solicitors and advocates practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality
Disclaimer: Please note that Futures offers basic visa information on work during and after study. Staff in Futures have not undergone specialist visa training and are therefore not in a position to provide individual appointments to advise on this matter.