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Working during your studies

If you hold a Tier 4 student visa for degree level study, you are usually entitled to work during your UK stay. However, there will be restrictions and it’s important you comply with them. If you don’t, you’ll be committing an offence.

Be aware that:

  • If you’re from within the European Economic Area (EEA), you can work without restrictions ( but see Royal Holloway’s recommendations on term-time working).
  • If you hold a short-term study visa, you cannot work in the UK, either in paid or unpaid work.

If you hold a Tier 4 student visa, your Biometric Residence Permit card (or your Tier 4 visa vignette in your passport) should say whether you have work permission. It will normally show something like:

  • Work limited 20 hrs p/w term time or
  • Work 20 hrs max in term-time or
  • Work limit as in PBS rules 20hrs p/w
  • If you’re not allowed to work, it will say:
  • 'No work' or
  • 'Employment prohibited'.

Please make sure you check your visa carefully for the working conditions. You must abide by what is printed on your BRP, even if you have reason to believe it is incorrect. If you think there has been a mistake, please contact ISSO at the earliest opportunity as there are deadlines to fix Home Office errors.

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