Working in the UK

Your ability to work in the UK depends on what kind of visa you hold. Some students are also interested in staying in the UK to work after studies.

Tier 4 Students: Paper people holding hands in a circle

Tier 4 students are permitted to work in the UK and the number of hours allowed is based on what kind of course you are studying. 

  • Degree-level and above: you can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time and a maximum of 40 hours per week during holiday periods
  • Sub-degree (Pre-sessional and Foundation): you can work a maximum of 10 hours per week during term time and a maximum of 40 hours per week during holiday periods

Your visa should also state exactly what your work entitlement is, but if you are unsure about anything then please ask the Visa & Compliance Team.

Please note: it is very important that you not work any more than your visa allows. Working extra hours can have serious consequences and affect your immigration status in the UK. Your employer should carry out a right to work check when they hire you.

Short-term Study Students: 

For students on short-term study visas, neither work nor volunteering is permitted.

Staying in the UK to work after studies:

Most Tier 4 students will have a "wrap-up period" (extra weeks/months) at the end of their visas after their course finishes. Students can spend this time looking for work in the UK and trying to find an employer who may be able to sponsor under the Tier 2 visa route

Useful resources from UK Visas & Immigration regarding work and business visas: 

A Guide to UK Business and Work Visas (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Applying for a business or work visa - online version (PDF, 284.2 kB)

Top Tips for your UK work visa application - web version (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Working in the UK after your studies - web version (PDF, 303.3 kB)

Questions? 

If you have any questions about your work entitlement or would like to speak to an Advisor, E: visa@yorksj.ac.uk 

Visa Advice Drop-in Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm at the Student Information Desk in Holgate