How many hours can I work

  • Working when studying on a Tier 4 visa below degree level

    You should be able to work up to a maximum of 10 hours a week. It is very important that you never work more than the maximum hours allowed, even for just one week. This would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence.

    The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.

    Working when studying on a Tier 4 visa at degree level

    You should be able to work up to a maximum of 20 hours a week. It is very important that you never work more than the maximum hours allowed, even for just one week. This would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence.

    The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.

    Working on a Tier 4 visa during vacation time or after your course has ended

    • If you have permission to work, you can usually work full time during your holidays. This differs depending on which course you are studying, for example, if you are a masters student the holiday period does not apply when you are writing your dissertation. During this period you are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. 
    • The UKVI also consider the time after your course has finished until your visa ends as vacation time.

    Student visitor visas

    You cannot work if you have a student visitor visa as this would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence.
    The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.

    If your employer has asked you to get permission from the University that you can work

    You need to direct them instead to the Home Office, as we can not do this. 
    » Preventing Illegal Working: guidance for employers (Home Office.)
    Confirmation that you can work full-time after completion of your studies and until your visa ends can be found on page 51 (March 2016).
    There is also a UKVI Employers’ Helpline they can ring 0300 123 4699.

    What Brookes can provide for your employer is confirmation of your semester dates. You can get a verified (embossed) copy of this from Student Central, JHBB, Gipsy Lane.