Working in the UK for International Students /// can you work? /// Introduction • Your Name • Job Title • Service Name • Institution Name Today’s Topics • Do you have the right to work in the UK? • National Insurance Numbers • Tax and National Insurance • Your rights in the work place • Questions and Answers Do you have the right to work in the UK? •Are you; an EU Student? a new member state student? (including Romanian & Bulgarian students) an overseas student? •The rules vary depending on which country you are from If you are an EU student… • Austria • Italy • Belgium • Liechtenstein • Republic of Cyprus • Luxembourg • Denmark • Malta • Finland • Netherlands • France • Norway • Germany • Portugal • Greece • Spain • Iceland • Sweden • Ireland • Switzerland • United Kingdom If you are an EU student… • YES – You have the right to work in the UK! • No restrictions on your work • Full entitlement (as if you were a UK student) • Must apply for a National Insurance Number If you are a student from an EU new member state.. • Poland • Slovakia • Latvia • Slovenia • Lithuania • Hungary • Czech • Estonia Republic If you are a student from an EU new member state.. • YES – You have the right to work in the UK! • No restrictions on your work • Full entitlement (as if you were a UK student) • Must apply for a National Insurance Number • Must also register with the Workers Registration Scheme Workers Registration Scheme • From 1st May 2004, students from these countries working for more than 1 month must register • If you are working 10 hours or less then you should still apply, however your payment is likely to be refunded • If you do not apply within 1 month of starting your employment will be considered illegal Workers Registration Scheme • Costs £90 with your first application, decisions are made within 24 hours of payment. Successful applicants will receive a registration card and certificate, a copy is also sent to your employer • If you take up a new position then you should apply for a new registration card. There is no additional fee for subsequent registration certificates Workers Registration Scheme • After you have been working legally in the UK for 12 months without a break you will have the full rights of movement • Application forms can be obtained by telephoning 08705 210 224 or http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ Bulgarian & Romanian Students • From 1st January 2007, students from Bulgaria & Romania must register for the Workers Authorisation Scheme before starting work • Your certificate will provide authority for you to work. Bulgarian & Romanian Students • Any employment is limited to 20 hours a week in term time, but you can work full time in your holidays and on work placements, and for up to four months after your studies end • As part of your application, you will be required to demonstrate that you are enrolled at a genuine educational institution • Unlike the Workers Registration Scheme, there is no charge If you are an overseas student… • YES - If your passport has a Restriction and not a Prohibition • Can only work twenty hours per week during term time • Can work full time outside of term time • Cannot be self employed • Must apply for a National Insurance Number More information from … • Your Student Services • International Office • Students’ Union Advice Centre National Insurance Numbers • You may be asked for it on application forms • Cannot be discriminated against if you don’t have a permanent number Local Information • Speak to Job Centre Plus National Insurance Number Allocation Service by ringing the National Contact Centre line 0845 6000 643 • An appointment will be made within 14 days of your telephone call and the appointment will be within 2-3 weeks. Who can apply? • Any one who has been offered a job and had evidence of this, e.g. a letter from and employer stating when they want you to start • Anyone who has started work and has evidence of this from the employer • Anyone who is actively seeking work has evidence of this. It could be a letter thanking you for your application but stating that at this stage the employer has no work to offer you Tax Coding International Students need to pay tax at the same rate as a UK citizen • Personal Allowance 09/10 £6,475 How do I get tax back? • Submit your P45 to your employer • If you are not taking a new job request a P50 • Complete the Inland Revenue’s Student Tax Checker at www.hmrc.gov.uk/calcs/stc.htm National Insurance payments All employed people who earn over a certain amount each week will pay National Insurance (NI) • If you earn £110 or less per week from 6 April 2009 - 5th April 2010, you will not have NI contributions deducted from your wages. NB: This amount changes on 6th April each year. Your rights in the workplace • National Minimum Wage (from 1st Oct 09) £5.80 for 22 years plus £4.83 for 18-21years • Breaks 20 minute break when the work day is longer than 6 hours • Holiday Pay Four weeks paid holiday per year (pro rata) Additional Resources UKCISA: UK Council for International Student Affairs www.ukcisa.org.uk/ Home Office: UK Border Agency www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/ British Council’s - Find your way to work 2009/10 www.educationuk.org/downloads/find_your_way_to_work_0910.pdf British Council: www.educationuk.org NASES http://www.nases.org.uk/students Any questions?