Working in the UK after study
Once your programme has officialy ended* and you are waiting for your results you can work full time (over 20 hours per week) in the UK if you have time left on your Tier 4 visa.
Working on your Tier 4 (General) visa
Once your programme has officially ended*, you can work full time (over 20 hours per week) on a temporary contract until the date your Tier 4 visa expires. You cannot engage in business or self employment, take up employment as a professional sportsperson or entertainer or pursue a career by filling a permanent full-time vacancy.
*After the official programme end date (Undergraduate and Masters students); after the pass list has been issued following the final submission of e-thesis (PhD students)
Completing your programme earlier than 'course end date' stated on your CAS
If you succesfully complete your programme earlier than the 'course end date' stated on your CAS, you can continue to work in the UK as stated above, however, your BRP / visa will be curtailed to 4 months and will become invalid if you leave the UK during that time.
If you withdraw from or suspend study
Tier 2 (General)
Tier 2 (General) of the UK Points Based Immigration System (PBS) is open to graduates with a UK Bachelor's or Master's Degree (or students who have completed at least 12 months of a PhD) from a registered UK institution. The normal Tier 2 (General) requirements have been relaxed to allow graduates greater opportunity to apply.
- Applicants must have an offer of a position from an employer who is a registered sponsor, with a salary of at least £20,800**
- Employers must provide applicants with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
- Employers do not have to complete a Residence Labour Market Test (RLMT) when employing graduates (final confirmation of award from University required) or if position appears on the Shortage Occupation List
- Applicants must fulfil the maintenance requirement for the application
Switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2
'Switching' to Tier 2 means applying in the UK whilst you still have time left on your current Tier 4 visa (BRP). If you leave the UK and apply from your home country you will be given fresh entry clearance and this is not considered 'switching'. Applications made outside the UK may have different criteria including a higher salary threshold.
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)
The Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) enables the University to sponsor completing PhD students for a further 12 months, to remain in the UK and work in either paid employment or on a self employed basis.
Tier 1 Start Up Scheme
- Durham University recently became an endorsing body for the UKVI Tier 1 Start-up Scheme and is piloting the scheme this year to Durham University International students graduating in 2019/20. This new scheme is for people wishing to remain in the UK for 2 years to set up a new UK business that must be innovative, viable and scalable.
- Applicants must not have previously established a business in the UK and
- Must be able to fulfil all the Immigration rules and requirements under the Tier 1 Start Up scheme and be in a position to make a valid immigration application
The University is opening up a limited number of endorsements , to eligible Durham University international students, and recent graduates from Durham University. Set application deadlines will apply.
If you are a final year international student , interested in starting a business under the Start- up Scheme in the UK, please contact the Careers & Enterprise Team who can provide guidance on the endorsement process and details of briefings run jointly by the Careers and Enterprise Centre and the Student Immigration Service: https://www.dur.ac.uk/careers/students/enterprise/startup/international/
For guidance on the immigration requirements and visa application process please also refer to the UKVI guidance: https://www.gov.uk/start-up-visa
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)
Schemes under Tier 5 may allow you to undertake very specific types of work in the UK for up to two years in some instances.
Your sponsor / potential employer must issue a certificate of sponsorship to you before you can apply for a Tier 5 visa.
Further information from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)