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Working in the UK . International Student Advisers and Careers Consultants, King’s College London. Can I work?. Check your visa Should be allowed to work with restrictions If visa says “no work” or 10 hours rather than 20, see a Student Adviser as could be an error

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Working in the uk

Working in the UK

International Student Advisers and Careers Consultants, King’s College London


Can i work

Can I work?

  • Check your visa

  • Should be allowed to work with restrictions

  • If visa says “no work” or 10 hours rather than 20, see a Student Adviser as could be an error

  • Cannot work if it says “no work”


How many hours can i work

How many hours can I work?

  • Degree level: should be allowed to work for 20 hours a week in term time and full time in the vacation

  • Below degree level: 10 hours a week in term time and full time in the vacation

  • After the end of your studies (end date on your CAS): full time for up to 4 months or until visa expires, whichever is sooner

  • Summer NOT vacation for Masters students (as you are writing your dissertation)


What work can i do

What Work Can I Do?

  • Most things, but

  • Cannot be self-employed

  • Cannot work as a professional sportsperson or entertainer

  • Cannot take up a permanent, full time position


Tax and national insurance

Tax and National Insurance

  • Must obtain a National Insurance Number – everyone pays national insurance

  • Free, but takes several weeks

  • Can start work without this, but must have applied for it

  • Tax: everyone pays this, but can claim back if you do not earn over your personal allowance (currently around £9000 a year)

  • See website for more information: www.kcl.ac.uk/advice


After your studies

After your studies

Various options including:

  • Doctorate Extension Scheme (PhD students)

  • Tier 2 (skilled jobs)

  • Tier 5 (temporary jobs)

  • Tier 4 visa for doctors/dentists in training or if continuing with studies

  • Keep a look out for our workshops throughout the year


Handy links

Handy Links

  • www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk – forms, law and guidance

  • www.ukcisa.org.uk – useful additional guidance for students and recent graduates

  • www.kcl.ac.uk/advice - us!

  • www.oisc.homeoffice.gov.uk – how to find professional (regulated) immigration advice

  • www.careers.lon.ac.uk/international – specialist site from The Careers Group for all things International

  • Find us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/kingsinternationalstudentsupport


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