Students from the EEA (European Economic Area)
If you are an EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss National, or the dependant of one, you are permitted to work in the UK without any restrictions on the number of hours or type of work. You will need to show an employer your passport or identity card as proof that you are a national of an EEA country/dependant of one.
If you are a national of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia or Slovenia, you no longer need to register your work under the Worker Registration Scheme and are free to take up employment without being subject to any special requirements.
Bulgarian or Romanian?
From 1 January 2014, Romanian and Bulgarian students are no longer required to apply for a registration certificate to work part-time.
While studying in the UK, you are entitled to work 20 hours a week during term-time and full-time during holidays. However, you must first obtain a yellow registration certificate confirming you are a student by completing a CR1 form.
International students and work
If you are a national from outside the EEA, you can check whether you can work or not by looking at the visa stamp/entry clearance certificate in your passport. A restricted stamp indicates that you can work but this is limited to 10 or 20 hours per week depending on your level of study, you can work full-time during official vacation periods.
International students should download the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) worksheet 'Working During Your Studies' for the latest information and advice on:
Careers & Guidance at BCoT provides information on job vacancies, career planning and every aspect of working.
Work placements if you have a Tier 4 visa
You can work full-time on a work placement only if:
If you work over 10 or 20 hours during term-time, you will be in breach of your immigration conditions.
Your family members and work
Some family members of Tier 4 students are permitted to work in the UK whilst others are not. It depends on the conditions endorsed on the visa.
Conditions that allow a dependant to work during their stay here are worked in the following ways:
Family members who are permitted to work can undertake any type of work, full time and part-time, employed and self-employed. However, they cannot take employment as a doctor or dentist in training unless they have a degree in medicine or dentistry from a UK institution.
Conditions that do not allow a dependant to work during their stay here are worded in the following ways:
If you are working 'cash in hand', you are not working legally. You should always have a pay slip, showing how much you have earned and any deductions made. If you are unsure about your pay slip, please check with Student Services.
Working after your studies
The Tier 1 Post Study Work scheme has now closed. There will be other options open to international graduates in the Tier 1 and 2 categories.
UKCISA have produced very a useful guidance note 'Working in the UK after your studies'
For further information about the schemes and the implications of work permit employment,
visit the UK Home Office website