Changes to work rights of Tier 4 students

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03 / 8 / 2015 11.34am

Changes to the immigration rules, mean that from 3 August 2015 new students applying to study at publicly-funded further education colleges no longer have the right to work while they study. 

Tier 4 - student category 

Individuals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who wish to study at a UK university will be sponsored by the educational establishment to undertake their studies.

Some students at college or university who hold a Tier 4 visa, of the immigration points based system, are permitted to undertake supplementary work whilst in the UK, this depends on the level of the course they are studying and the type of sponsor they have.

It is important that employers are aware of these entitlements before employing a student, and that you check documentation to confirm the person is allowed to do the type of work you are offering.

A student who is permitted to work will have a clear endorsement in their Biometric Residence Permit which states they are permitted to work, and the number of hours of work allowed during the term time. If this information is not set out, this is an indication that the student does not have the right to work.

Further reading

For information about the work rights of students visit our dedicated Tier 4 webpage. Find out more about the immigration points based system and read about the recently announced changes to the immigration rules.

For information about how to check that someone has the right to work in the UK see the NHS Employment Check Standards.  

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