Rough Cut: 2009/10 International Students and Work (during your studies) Produced by Middlesex University Money and Welfare Advice Service This leaflet covers the rules surrounding work if you • You should not occupy a full-time position. are an International Student. An International • You cannot work as a professional sports person Student is a national/citizen from anywhere outside or entertainer. of the European Economic Area (EEA). If you are from the EEA please see Rough Cut: 2009/10 • You cannot be self-employed. EEA Migrant Workers http://www.mdx.ac.uk/24- What about students studying in the UK for 7/mwas/rc.htm less than 6 months? Can I work as an International Student? Students on short courses will not usually be This will depend upon what has been placed in allowed to work. Consequently this sticker / stamp your passport. You should have a sticker is called a ‘prohibition’. (vignette) or a stamp that outlines the conditions A prohibition sticker /stamp in the passport will of your stay in the UK, including whether you are state: allowed to work. The type of sticker or stamp that Leave to enter/remain in the UK on condition that you are given is often linked to the length of your the holder maintains and accommodates himself and course. any dependants without recourse to public funds, does not enter employment…is hereby given Are there any conditions attached to my for/until (specified time) working in UK? Or: Students studying in the UK for six months or No work or recourse to public funds longer should be allowed to work. However, there are some limits on the type of work you can do What if I am on a short course but would like and the number of hours. Consequently, this to work? sticker / stamp is known as a ‘restriction’. There is some discretion to allow students on short A restriction sticker / stamp in the passport will courses the opportunity to have a ‘restriction’ in state: their passport. You should apply for entry clearance Leave to enter/remain in the UK on condition that as a student before you travel. Make sure the the holder maintains and accommodates himself and entry Clearance Officer knows that you want to be any dependants without recourse to public funds…is able to work. hereby given for/until (specified time) But please note, all students should remember that Or: as part of the conditions of stay in the UK, it is a No recourse to public funds requirement that you accommodate and maintain Work and (any changes) must be authorised yourself without needing to work. You are not allowed to fund your course or living costs from Although it refers to ‘authorisation’ being needed, employment in the UK. Therefore, when asking for the government has given a blanket concession a ‘restriction’ you must show that you fulfil the Tier allowing all students with this sticker or stamp in 4 maintenance requirements for entry as an Adult their passports to work. Therefore a prospective student. For more information on the maintenance employer should be able to determine whether you requirements see Rough Cut: 2009/10 Tier 4 Points can be employed by simply checking the wording in Based Visa Scheme. the passport. When the Entry Clearance Officer gives you your passport back, check it immediately. Make sure But you must fulfil the following criteria: your visa says that you are coming to the UK as a • The job must not be more than 20 hours per ‘student’, rather than as a ‘visitor’ or ‘student week during term-time. However, during the visitor’ and that your conditions include a ‘restriction’ vacations there is no limit on the number of rather than a ‘prohibition’ on work. hours worked. If you are unclear whether you can work, seek How much will I be paid? advice from Christine Struwe, International Student Levels of pay vary. However, employers must pay Support Co-ordinator or a Money, Welfare and their workers at the minimum wage set out in UK International Adviser. Law. There are three levels of minimum wage, and the rates at the time of writing (June 2009) What about placements / internships? the rates are: All International Students with ‘restrictions’ are able to take up work placements and internships without • £5.73 per hour for workers aged 22 years having to seek individual permission. There are and older guidelines about what constitutes a placement or • £4.77 per hour for workers aged 18-21 internship, so seek advice from the Placement Office years inclusive on your local campus. • £3.53 per hour for all workers under the age of 18 Can my husband or wife work? If you, the student, have permission to be in the Further information: UK for 12 months or more, then your husband or UKCISA Website: www.ukcisa.org.uk wife should be given conditions that allow them to Student Advice Line Mon-Fri 1-4pm Tel: 020 7107 work. They will need to have the following 9922 conditions in their passport: Tax Enquiry Centre/Tax Office Leave to enter for/until (specified time) www.hmrc.gov.uk/Students/ No recourse to public funds International Student Support Co-ordinator Or: Christine Struwe ext. 5917 Leave to enter/remain in the UK on condition that firstname.lastname@example.org the holder maintains and accommodates himself and Careers Advisory Service on your individual campus. any dependants without recourse to public funds is www.intra.mdx.ac.uk/annex/careers/index.htm hereby given for/until (specified time) Placements Service on your individual campus. You can also get information from the Money and How do I persuade employers that I am Welfare Adviser based on your campus. Also check allowed to work? the other Rough Cuts for more information. Give them a copy of the Government leaflet ‘International students working in the UK – what you The Money Welfare & International Advice need to know’. Available in the Student Advice Service Centre or download the British Council brochure at Archway: Chloe Berman, ext. 6182 http://www.educationuk.org/pls/hot_bc/page_pls_user email@example.com _article?x=165461957511&y=0&a=0&d=work_in_uk Cat Hill: Chloe Berman, ext. 5312 This brochure explains to employers what they need firstname.lastname@example.org to know about International Students working in the Hendon: UK. Julie Roberts / Kevin Ward, ext. 6527/6589 Judith Cringle / ext.6482 Do International Students have to pay tax and email@example.com National Insurance? firstname.lastname@example.org Yes and their dependants will have to pay in the email@example.com same way as home and EEA students. You will Trent Park: Geraldine Bailey, Head of Service need to apply for a National Insurance number, but ext. 6074 you do not need to have received your National firstname.lastname@example.org Insurance number before you start work. Email London.email@example.com Middlesex University Money and Welfare Advice Service have made every effort to ensure that the information contained in this leaflet is accurate. Middlesex or Tel 0845 6000 643 to apply for NI Number. University however, cannot be held responsible for any omissions or errors. This Please, see Rough Cut: 2009/10 Tax and National publication can only be a guide and is not intended to replace the complex and diverse legislation covered. Statutes and regulations may change during the year Insurance http://www.mdx.ac.uk/24-7/mwas/rc.htm without notice. If in doubt seek independent advice.