Working on a visa in the UK

Important information on working during and after your studies

It's important to understand what work you are able to do in the UK if you have a visa.

Working Rights for EU/EEA/Swiss students

The working rights for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will depend on the immigration permission that they hold for the UK.

Students with Pre-settled/Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme

If you have a status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you are not restricted on the hours or type of work you can do in the UK.

Students on an LSE Student Route Visa

EU/EEA/Swiss students who have a Student Route visa are restricted in the number of hours they can work, the type of work they can do and designated vacation periods. They should refer to the information below to ensure they do not breach the conditions of their visa.

It is important to note that:

  • You do not have the right to work in the UK until you have entered the UK on a valid Student visa/you have submitted an in-time application to extend your current Student visa in the UK. If you enter the UK without your Student visa in place and you work, you are breaking the law
  • You shouldn't assume that because another EU/EEA/Swiss student is working more hours or is undertaking a form of work that is not permitted on a Student visa, that it is okay for you to do this.  They may have a status under the EU Settlement Scheme or they may just be breaking the law.

What type of work can I do on a Student visa? Full time degree programme

There are restrictions on the type of work you are able to undertake on a Student visa for a full time programme. These also apply if you are working remotely in the UK for an overseas employer.  If you are doing the work in the UK you are bound by the restrictions of your visa.

  • no self-employment or business activity (including freelance or consultancy work or setting up your own business, even if you are not the controlling shareholder or if the company is not based in the UK). You can usually tell if you are self-employed if you have to invoice the employer to receive payment or you are required to calculate your tax and report this to HMRC. 

    If you have a formal contract of employment, your taxes will be deducted from your salary under "Pay as You Earn". Do not assume that because you have to submit a self-assessment in your home country, that the system is the same in the UK.  If you are self-assessing your tax payments, you are self-employed.

    You can find out more about paying taxes in the UK on the UKCISA web pages or in the international student section of the Tax Guide for Students.

  • no work as a professional sports person (including sports coach) 

  • no work as a professional entertainer

  • no permanent, full time work unless you have applied under the Skilled Worker Route or if your Student visa was granted after 6 April 2022 and you have applied for the Graduate Route.

Unlike in some other countries, you are not restricted to only working on campus or in 'student' vacancies. However, you must ensure you are not working in one of the areas which are not permitted on your visa.

UKCISA have produced a helpful blog on working in the UK including gig-economy positions and working remotely for an overseas employer.

The working conditions apply even if you are working remotely in the UK for an overseas employer. 

Working for LSE

When working for the School, you must ensure that you do not exceed your permitted number of working hours during term-time.  For degree programme students this is 20 hours per week paid or unpaid work (check you have the right working conditions on your visa).

If you are unsure of the conditions of you visa, please check with us before commencing any work at the School.

If you will be working for LSE, Human Resources will complete a right to work check to prevent illegal working for all students working for the School before they are able to start/continue with their contract.  You will not be able to begin your role until this is completed, so you should not undertake any work until this point in time.

If you are a student employed by the School and you need to extend your student visa, it is very important that you plan to do this well in advance of the expiry date of your visa. Whilst the conditions of your visa continue once you have an in-time application in progress (submitted before the expiry date of your visa), Human Resources will still need to conduct further checks with the Home Office to verify the status of your application, which will take up to five days to be confirmed.

Human Resources will require a Case ID number to be able to make this check, so applying as soon as you are aware you need to extend your visa e.g. due to an extension of your thesis submission date, will help both you and the School.

LSE Careers Internships for Undergraduate Students

If you have been selected by LSE Careers to take part in a Micro-internship, you will need to have a valid visa that allows you to work in the UK for example a Tier 4/Student visa.

All students will need to evidence their right to work in the UK either to the employer or to LSE (details to be confirmed).  Therefore, if the internship requires you to be in the UK, you will need to ensure you have immigration permission allowing you to work.  Students returning for the exam period on a Standard Visitor visa are not permitted to work in the UK as no work is allowed on this visa.

If you have exams in the in-year resit and deferred assesment period, this is classed as teaching so you should only work 20 hours in accordance with the Tier 4/Student visa conditions if you hold this type of visa. 

Can I volunteer?

There is a legal distinction between volunteering and paid/unpaid work.  To avoid any problems, you should not volunteer any more than 20 hours in any seven day period. If you also have a part-time job you must be careful to work no more than 20 hours between volunteering and paid work. For more information visit the LSE Volunteer Centre.

If your employer asks you to work additional hours beyond your contract but within the same week and says that it is 'volunteering', this is often not the case.  It is unpaid work and counts towards your 20 hour limit per week.  You should not 'volunteer' to do excess hours without being paid as this is likely to be a breach of your visa conditions as you will be completing unpaid work.

Can I do a work placement as part of my programme?

The student rules allow you to undertake a full-time work placement. However,  work placements need to be an approved component of your programme and included in the School's regulations.  

Can I work for more than one employer?

You can have multiple contracts, but during term-time you must not work any more than 20 hours paid or unpaid work each week.  This means 20 hours in total rather than 20 hours per employer.

PhD students with multiple contracts

PhD students are advised to monitor the number of hours work they undertake, especially if they have a number of jobs.  The official programme end date for PhD students can change depending on whether you needed to extend your visa e.g. for corrections.  Check whether you can work full time with our team before taking a position.

How can I show an employer that I can work?

Your visa is your main form of evidence that you have the right to work in the UK.   Employers wanting to recruit students need to confirm that a student has the right to work in the UK. The Home Office will accept the following as acceptable evidence:

  • A printout from the LSE website confirming the term dates of the School, with the exception of 12 month Masters students during the summer.

  • A copy of a letter or email addressed to the student confirming term time dates for the student's course - a Certificate of Registration will confirm this information for your employer. 12 month Masters students must inform employers that the official end date on the Certificate of Registration is the end of your programme.

  • A letter addressed to the employer confirming your term dates - the LSE are unable to confirm to an employer a student's right to work in the UK. However, the certificate of registration includes all the required information for your individual circumstances.  Further details can be found in our guidance for employers.

Your employer can also read the Comprehensive Guidance on Preventing Illegal Working on the Home Office Website

Is it true that LSE is required to report to the UKVI breaches of the working conditions?

If LSE becomes aware of a student breaching the working conditions of their visa, whether this is for LSE or an external employer, we are required to inform the UKVI as part of our sponsor licence agreement. This could lead to your visa being cancelled and a potential ban from the UK. In the worst case, it can also lead to six months imprisonment and a fine of £5000.

Whilst LSE always considers the individual, we have a responsibility to maintain our sponsor licence and protect all students sponsored by the School.

More information

For more information visit the UKCISA website

What type of work can I do on a Student visa? Part time degree programme

Part-time Student visa 

Whilst there is a provision to be able to study part-time under Student visa at Masters level and above, LSE will not sponsor new applicants under this route. Enrolled students will only be sponsored on a part-time basis if it is the only way that they are able to complete their degree in exceptional circumstances e.g. a disability that means a switch to part-time is more academically viable.   In most instances, students who request to switch to part-time may be advised to consider an interruption of studies.

The part-time Student visa is a much more restrictive route than the Student full time visa, but you are still required to meet the same as a full time student rules when applying for your visa:

  • You cannot start your programme on a full-time basis and then switch to part-time using the same visa.  To be able to study on a Student part-time visa, you would need to leave the UK and re-apply for a visa before you change your mode of attendance.
  • You cannot work on a Student part-time visa or undertake a work placement.
  • You cannot bring dependants with you.

Is it true that LSE is required to report to the UKVI breaches of the working conditions?

If LSE becomes aware of a student breaching the working conditions of their visa, whether this is for LSE or an external employer, we are required to inform the UKVI as part of our sponsor licence agreement. This could lead to your visa being cancelled and a potential ban from the UK. In the worst case, it can also lead to six months imprisonment and a fine of £5,000.

Whilst LSE always considers the individual, we have a responsibility to maintain our sponsor licence and protect all students sponsored by the School.

Taxes and National Insurance

You will not automatically be issued with a National Insurance Number (NINo) to be able to work in the UK.  You will need to apply for this and will need to obtain one when you find a job.

You can find more information on taxes and National Insurance Numbers on the following web page:

UKCISA: Employers, income tax, National Insurance

If you are working as an employee of a company, your taxes should be arranged through Pay as you Earn (PAYE).  This means all of your taxes are deducted when you receive your pay.  If you are advised by the employer that you have to submit a tax return to HMRC, this means you are self-employed and will be in breach of your Student visa conditions.

When can I work on a Student visa?

Tip: Check your BRP when you receive it to see if you have the correct permission to work.  If you have the incorrect conditions contact us before starting to work.

Under the UK immigration rules, you are legally permitted to work with the following restrictions:

  • a maximum of 20 hours paid or unpaid work per week during term time for degree students

  • a maximum of 10 hours paid or unpaid work per week during term time for Language Centre students

  • full time work is permitted during vacations - 12 month Masters students must read the section on vacation time to understand what rights you have during the summer.

  • you cannot take a permanent contract ( we will update this once we have received the guidance for the new Skilled Worker Route)

These also apply if you are working remotely in the UK for an overseas employer.  If you are doing the work in the UK you are bound by the restrictions of your visa.

When is 'vacation time'?

IMPORTANT: READING WEEKS ARE NOT CLASSIFIED AS VACATION AND YOU CANNOT WORK FULL TIME DURING READING WEEK.

All students can work full time during the Christmas and Easter vacations. Undergraduate students  and two year MSc students in their first year benefit from a summer vacation between academic years.

I'm a 12 month MSc student. Do I get a summer vacation so I can work full time?

If you are a 12 month or second year Masters student, you do not benefit from a summer vacation. You are still academically engaged with writing your dissertation at this point. This means you are unable to take a full time position starting before the official end date of your programme as stated on your CAS.

Important: Your dissertation submission date is not the official end date of your programme so do not assume you can start working full time once you have submitted your dissertation. If you are unsure, check with the Student Advice and Engagment Management Team before you start working full time. 

Can I request a vacation?

If you are a 12 month or two year Masters student in your second year, your academic department is able to authorise a single, four week vacation during your dissertation period. During these four weeks, you will be able to work full time.  

Before starting your full time work, you will need to request a letter. You cannot work full time without this letter and it cannot be issued retrospectively.

You will only be issued a letter confirming this vacation period if the email is sent by a member of staff in your academic department.  

If your department agrees to authorise a vacation period, they will need to contact the Visa Compliance Team with your full name; LSE ID number; and the dates of your holiday period that they are willing to authorise (no more than four weeks long).

Any full time work completed during the dissertation period without permission is a breach of your visa conditions. As a Student visa sponsor, LSE is legally required as part of our sponsor licence agreement to report any students we are aware have breached the conditions of their visa. 

Please note that disruption to studies resulting from a vacation period cannot be used in an appeal against a decision of the Board of Examiners.

I am an MRes/PhD student.  Is it different for me?

One year MRes students do not benefit from a summer vacation so you should follow the same guidance as for 12 month MSc students.

If you are on a two year MRes programme, the summer between years one and two are considered as vacation and as such you can work full time under the immigration rules during LSE's official vacation period.

LSE Term Dates

What are the term dates for PhD students?

For all registered PhD students,  vacations are the Christmas and Easter breaks in each year of registration.  However, you are considered to be continuing your studies during the summer vacation. 

PhD students do not benefit from a summer vacation and are not able to request a vacation during term time.  You may be able to request a vacation during the summer, but you must speak to your supervisor and the PhD Academy about this.

Work restrictions during out-of term assessment periods

If you are required to undertake re-take assessments of any form during the in-year resit period, or you have any exams during the January exam period, you should consider this as term-time and should only work a maximum of 20 hours per week.

When can I start working full-time at the end of my studies?

You can start working full-time once your official programme end date has passed. Your official programme end date is the date that was provided on your CAS number not the date you submit your dissertation or complete your examinations. You must refer to the official end date given to the UKVI not the date you submit your last assessment or you risk breaking immigration law and losing potential opportunities to remain in the UK in the future.

The Home Office considers the extra two or four months at the end of your visa to be vacation, so you can work full time during this period. However, the same conditions apply unless you are switching into a different immigration route e.g. Startup or Skilled Worker.

Is it different for PhD students?

PhD students who submit as expected can start working full time after their thesis submission date as stated on their CAS has passed (even if they submit early). The exceptions to this are:

  • Confirmation of further studies for your viva - if your department confirms to the PhD Academy that you are in full time study preparing for your viva and need to extend your Student visa, you will be restricted to working 20 hours per week (paid or unpaid). This means that you will be required to finish any full time position you may hold.

  • Confirmation of further studies for corrections post viva - if your department confirms to the PhD Academy that you are in full time study completing your corrections post-viva and need to extend your Student visa, you will be restricted to working 20 hours per week (paid or unpaid). This means that you will be required to finish any full time position you may hold.

Any work of more than 20 hours would be a breach of their conditions.   If you are unsure if you are affected, contact us for advice.

The Home Office considers the extra four months at the end of your visa to be vacation, so you can work full time during this period. However, the same conditions apply unless you are switching into a different immigration route e.g. Startup or Skilled Worker.

More information can be found on the UKCISA web site.

We cannot provide letters for employers confirming your ability to work full time at the end of your studies.  

Can I work on a Standard Visitor visa? 

Standard Visitor Visa

Work is not permitted on a Standard Visitor visa unless it is one of the permitted activities:

UKVI Standard Visitor visa caseworker guidance 

If you are using a Standard Visitor visa for your studies e.g. a short-term exchange or Summer School, you will not be able to work part-time.

What options do I have at the end of my programme? Graduate Route

 LSE Specific FAQs on the Graduate Route

We have produced a four-page FAQ info sheet based on what we have learned so far from the route and the frequently asked questions we have received since its launch.

 Infosheet: Graduate Route FAQs

As with other non-LSE sponsored working routes, we will be unable to provide detailed advice on the route and the application.  Furthermore, once your visa is issued we will no longer be able to support you with any immigration queries you may have as per our published service standards.

You may also find UKCISA's information helpful, but please take into consideration this is general advice written for the whole sector and is not specific to LSE's own processes.

FAQ: I received a scholarship from LSE. Do I need permission from LSE to apply?

You only need permission to apply if you were fully funded (tuition fees and living costs) by an international scholarship agency or a government. If you were sponsored by LSE, you do not need a letter from us because we do not meet the categories above.

US Federal loans do not count as a government as they are an educational loan system and not a scholarship.

FAQ: I plan to apply for the Graduate Route just before the expiry date of my student visa.  Can I stay in the UK whilst I am waiting for the outcome of my visa application?

As long as you apply for the visa before the expiry date of your current visa, your Student visa is automatically extended until the outcome of your Graduate Route application, even if the original expiry date has passed.

This is known as 3C leave and you continue to benefit from the conditions of your student visa e.g. work, whilst your application is in progress.

FAQ:  I am a postgraduate/undergraduate student. If I defer assessments or have resit exams in January, will my eligibility for the Graduate Route be affected?

You are not required to take any action if the following applies to you:

  • You haven't deferred any assessments to RDAP in January 2023
  • Your results have been confirmed in November and you need to resit
  • Your student visa is due to expire in January
  • If all of the above points apply to you, your student visa should already cover the RDAP period for your re-takes. However, you are now eligible for a visa sponsorship extension based on your new expected end date (13 January 2023 instead of September 2022). If you would like to extend your visa on this basis, please request a new CAS from here. Please note that the length of your student visa may have an impact on your eligibility to apply for the Graduate Route and you can only be eligible for the Graduate Route visa if your student visa is valid when the final results are officially published. As you might know, the School can only verify your award to UKVI after your final ratified results are released in March 2023.
  • If you have deferred assessments in RDAP in January 2023 you may be able to apply for a new student visa from overseas. Please request a new CAS here. Please note that the length of your student visa may have an impact on your eligibility to apply for the Graduate Route and you can only be eligible for the Graduate Route visa if your student visa is valid when the final results are officially published. As you might know, the School can only verify your award to UKVI after your final ratified results are released in March 2023. 
  • If you require individual advice and guidance after reading this information, please contact the Student Advice and Engagement Management Team as outlined here

We have a lot of advice available to you so please read this in full because 'friends' may often misinterpret guidance and cause undue concern. 

 What are the key points that you need to know?

  • Undergraduate and Masters students will be given a visa for two years from the date the visa is granted.
  • PhD students will be given a visa for three years from the date the visa is granted.
  • You cannot extend this visa.
  • You need to have been in the UK for the required period on a Student visa to be eligible.
  • Successful completion of your programme doesn't mean you have submitted all your assessments/the end date of your programme has passed.  It means that the School exam boards have met and you have been informed on the official results release date that you have passed your degree. This cannot be expedited and there is no way to apply sooner.
  • After results are published, LSE must confirm your successful completion to the UKVI on an official UKVI database.  Only once this has been done and we email you to confirm the CAS number you require .If you do not recieve the email within five working days of results release, please contact us to look into your case.  Do not apply until your case has been resolved.
  • You cannot use a letter or transcript to confirm your successful completion or provisional results.
  • If you apply before you receive your final results have been verified you to the UKVI, you may be required to withdraw your application if you have applied too soon. 

    Students who have their results withheld due to a tuition fee debt with the School, have a misconduct case or have an appeal submitted will not be verified until you are able to receive your results.
  • We must verify all students who are eligible even if they do not intend to apply.
  • If you plan to do further studies at LSE, do not confuse the CAS number in this email with your CAS number for your new Student visa application.
  • Undergraduates and 9/10/21 month MSc students will be verified after the official results publishing date in July.

    Undergraduate students with IRDAP requirements will be verified after the official results publishing date in September.

    12/24 month MSc/MRes students will be verified after the official results publishing date in November.

    Postgraduate students with RDAP requirements - results release to be confirmed but will only be eligible if they still have a valid Student visa at the time.

    PhD students will be verified by their individual award date on a rolling basis.
  • You can only be granted the Graduate Route once. If you do not use the visa, after it has been granted, you will lose the opportunity to apply again.
  • You cannot study a degree programme at an institution with a Student sponsor licence. For example, you cannot use a Graduate Route visa to work full time and study a Masters degree.  
  • The degree must have been completed wholly in the UK with some exceptions such as study abroad that is an integral and assessed part of the programme e.g. GMiM. This means that General Course students are not eligible for the visa.
  • The degree you have been awarded must be the one that was stated on your CAS, unless you have transferred to a programme that you can complete without having to extend your visa and this was officially reported to the UKVI.  
  • If you transfer to a new degree programme that requires you to extend your visa, you will not be eligible for the Graduate Route.
  • You must have a valid Student visa to be able to apply for the visa in the UK. 
  • Given that you need a valid Student visa in place to apply for the Graduate Route, those students on other routes e.g. dependants, may need to consider switching to the Student Route if the they wish to benefit from the a Graduate Route visa.
  • Diploma in Accounting and Finance/Diploma in Economics students will not be eligible for the route because they are not exiting with a Masters degree.
  • MPhil/PhD students or MRes/PhD students who exit at Masters level will be eligible because they are on an intergrated degree on your CAS and are exiting with a Masters degree. They will only get two years on their visa.
  • Double-degree students where year one is at LSE and year two is overseas are not eligible because you will not have a UK Student visa for year two of your programme.
  • MSc Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC) students who transfer to the MSc Media and Communications will not be eligible because their visa will expire before results are officially released. 

    It is not possible to extend your visa to receive your results, because you are only able to transfer because you can complete the Classic Track MSc Media and Communications on your current visa.

    The visa issued for these students was correct for the programme they applied for initially and this cannot be challenged if you change your plans. We strongly recommend that you consider transferring to the MSc Media and Communications at admissions stage and before you get your visa, if you no longer wish to attend USC.
  • You will only be eligible to have your dependants with you if they are already in the UK on a dependant visa.  You cannot obtain the Graduate visa and then bring your dependants to the UK.
  • There will be no maintenance (financial) requirements and the English language requirement will be met by you being awarded your degree.

High Potential Individual Visa

Some LSE students may have the option of applying for the High Potential Individual visa rather than the Graduate Route.  The route itself is extremely similar to the Graduate Route but is only open to graduates from the top 50 international institutions as outlined by the Home Office.

Our team will not be advising on applying to this route, but you may wish to consider it if you need to start full-time in a permanent role before you are verified for the Graduate Route.

High Potential Individual Visa

As with the Graduate Route you cannot study on a programme that can be issued a CAS for. 

 

What options do I have at the end of my programme? Start-up Route

Update: Potential Changes to the Start-up Visa Route in 2022

Our current endorsements have expired and whilst we can request more, the numbers have been restricted due to impending changes to the route.

There will also be changes to the Innovator Route, in particular which organisations are able to become endorsing bodies under this route.

Applying for a Start-up Visa through LSE at the end of your studies

The Start-up visa will grant you two years to build your business in the UK.  It cannot be extended beyond two years. You would then need to move into the Innovator Route.

I graduated from LSE more than five years ago. Will you be willing to endorse me?

If you graduated more than two years ago but less than five, LSE will need details of your immigration history before we would be willing to endorse you. An endorsement is conditional on your immigration history after your LSE visa has expired.

If you graduated more than five years ago, we recommend that you seek endorsement from another organisation on the endorsing bodies register.

The Start-up visa route requires an endorsement for you to be eligible. LSE has endorsements available under the following conditions:

  • You cannot have previously established a business that has commenced trading in the UK, unless your last visa was:
    • in the Start-up route
    • in the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route
    • on the Doctorate extension scheme and the business commenced trading during this period.

    If you have established a business in the UK and did not hold permission to stay in the any of the above routes, LSE must consider whether this business commenced trading, such as whether you have made a sale or provided services, regardless of whether payment has been received for this. We will be unable to endorse you if the business is already trading.
  • You must have applied through LSE Generate for an endorsement - engagement with the Generate community is preferred, rather than contact due to a referral from an immigration solicitor.
  • You are an LSE degree programme student and are expected to complete your academic programme in the year you are currently registered or you are an alumnus of a degree programme. LSE is unable to accept applications from Intercollegiate, Summer School, Executive Education or exchange students.

  • Non-LSE students will only be endorsed if they are a key member of a team run by LSE students and the business will not succeed without your contribution;

  • You have a genuinely innovative, viable and scalable business plan which you have submitted through the LSE Generate competitions;

  • You have not previously established a business in the UK or worked on an established business;

  • You have adhered to the conditions of your Student visa during you studies;

  • You have not already had two years' leave under Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur;

  • You agree to the terms and conditions of endorsement as outlined by LSE.

  • Your main reason for requiring an endorsement is to be based in the UK and build your business. The endorsement should not be used to facilitate full time work or for you to be based predominantly outside the UK and as a means for easy travel.

Financial Requirements

  • You need to have held £1,270 in savings in your bank account for a consecutive 28 day period before the closing balance of your bank statement. You do not need to show finances if you have been in the UK on a valid visa for the last 12 months.

  • Your bank statement must be no older than 31 days before your date of application.

What options do I have at the end of my programme? Skilled Worker Route

Tier 2 was replaced by the Skilled Worker Route in December 2020.  There have been a number of changes, which make applying for the route based on the individual and the role they are being sponsored for.  On the basis of this, your employer would be best placed to advise you on your eligiblity for the route.

You can also find advice on switching from Student onto the Skilled Worker route on the following web page:

UKCISA - Working After Your Studies

 

What options do I have at the end of my programme? Other routes

Applying for a Youth Mobility visa at the end of your studies

The Youth Mobility visa is only available to nationals from the following countries:

  • Australia

  • Canada

  • Hong Kong

  • Japan

  • Monaco

  • New Zealand

  • Republic of Korea

  • Taiwan

  • British Overseas Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens, British Nationals Overseas

  • San Marino

The  Youth Mobility visa allows you to work in the UK for up to two years without a sponsor.  

Study is permitted on this visa, but your main intention should be to use it for work.

You can find further details on UKCISA and Home Office web pages.

Applying for a Temporary Worker visa at the end of your studies

There are five schemes under the Temporary Worker route:

  • Creative and Sporting;

  • Charity Workers;

  • Religious Workers;

  • Government Authorised Exchange;

  • International Agreement

These schemes allow you to undertake specific types of work from one to two years, depending on the scheme.  Most schemes only permit entry clearance applications, In certain circumstances, you may be able to switch to the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) in the UK.

Full details of all the schemes and when you can apply in the UK can be found on the UKCISA web pages.

Applying for a UK Ancestry Visa at the end of your studies.

The Ancestry visa enables the following groups to take employment or set up a business in the UK:

  • You are a Commonwealth Citizen;

  • You are aged over 17; and

  • You can prove you have a grandparent who was born in the UK/the Channel Islands/the Isle of Man/ on a British registered ship or aircraft/ the Republic of Ireland (before 31 March 1922).

The Ancestry visa is valid for five years and you must intend to seek employment.  It can lead to settlement after five years.  Further details can be found on the UKVI web pages.

For other options, please read the UKCISA web pages:

UKCISA:Working after Studies

 High Potential Individual Visa

The High Potential Individual visa is expected to be launched on the 30 May 2022.  From the information we have seen so far, it is similar to the Graduate Route but is open to international graduates from the top 50 international universities (not including UK institutions).  We are unsure yet if there will be a restriction on applying if you are already in the UK on a Student visa or whether study will be prohibited, meaning that you would not be able to apply for the route and then continue with your degree level studies.

More information can be found in this article from The Pie News:

https://thepienews.com/news/highly-selective-uk-visa-for-worlds-top-grads-launching-in-may/