Can Tier 2 Visa Holders Study In The Uk?

Can Tier 2 Visa Holders Study In The Uk
Work categories & Dependants –


If you have obtained any form of work visa (e.g. Tier 2 (General), Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)) then you are allowed to study either full- or part-time in the UK. However, the immigration rules state that in order to obtain leave in one of these categories you “must intend to work”.

  1. If you later change your mind and decide to study, there is a danger that the immigration authorities may think that your reasons for being in the UK have changed, and as a result they could even decide to cancel your visa.
  2. If you do undertake study while holding a work visa, it is advisable to continue working in the UK, and if you are unsure of your situation, you should seek advice from the Advice & Guidance Team before taking any action.

It is acceptable to study part-time whilst holding a visa in one of these categories.


If you are in the UK with leave as a Points Based System (PBS) Dependant (for example, your partner has a Tier 4 or Tier 2 visa) then you can usually work or study while you are in the UK. You will be allowed to study part-time or full-time. More information on dependants is available here.

  • In both cases : if you are a part-time student and your employment / dependant visa runs out before the end of your course, you cannot switch into a Tier 4 Student visa in order to complete your studies, as Tier 4 Student visas are only for full-time students.
  • If you have leave in any category not listed above and are not sure of your rights in the UK with regards to work and study, contact the Advice & Guidance Team.

UKCISA provides further guidance on this matter.

Can I study in the UK with a work visa?

If you want to stay longer in the UK – You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you like as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements. After 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’). This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.

Is education free in UK for Tier 2 visa?

Tier 2 visa holders must work full time, though if they wish to take courses, studying is allowed as long as it doesn’t interfere with their work, which is the main purpose of the visa. Is education free in the UK for immigrants? Yes. State education until the age of 18 is free for all residents.

What can I do with Tier 2 visa in UK?

You can do additional paid work on this visa as long as you’re still doing the job you’re being sponsored for. You can also do unpaid voluntary work. You can work up to 20 hours a week in a job that’s either:

in the same occupation code and at the same level as your main job in a shortage occupation

Check if your job is on the list of:

healthcare and education shortage occupations all other shortage occupations

What is UK Tier 2 visa for international students?

With a skilled worker visa (formerly known as a ‘Tier 2 visa’), you are eligible to work in the UK for up to five years before you need to apply to extend it.

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Can I study in UK while working?

Working during your studies – Students on full time degree-level courses holding a Student visa are permitted to work in the UK. The requirements and rules are as follows:

Up to 20 hours per week during University term time. UKVI has defined a “week” as “a seven day period starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday”Full-time in vacation periodsFull-time during term time if on a work placement that is an integral and assessed part of the course – any work placement must not be longer than 50% of the total course length (unless there is a UK statutory requirement for the course to contain a specific period of work placement which exceeds this limit.)As a student union sabbatical officer for up to two yearsIf you hold a Student visa for a part time course you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK.

Student visa students can only work on a temporary basis – they cannot be employed on a permanent contract. They cannot be self-employed or set up a business, or employed as a professional sportsperson or as an entertainer. If you have another type of visa, you should check if you can work during your studies with the International Student Advice team.

Setting up a business as a sole trader or under a partnership arrangement and that business is either trading or establishing a trading presenceBeing employed by a company in which you hold shares of 10% or more (including where the shares are held in a trust for you), orWorking for a company where you also hold a statutory role, such as a director.

Even if you are working for a company or client outside the UK if you are physically in the UK while you are doing the work then this counts towards your 20 hour limit. It also means that if you are doing any freelance work for someone outside the UK (e.g.

What are the new rules for Student visa in UK?

1. What are the new rules for a Student visa for the UK in 2023? – In order to successfully apply for the UK student visa, you must be over 16 and have a confirmed space on a course which is also a licensed student sponsor. You should also have enough money to support yourself while you study in the UK. You’ll also need consent from your parents if you are only 16 or 17.

Can I switch Tier 2 visa to UK?

You’ll need to apply to update your Skilled Worker or Tier 2 (General) work visa if:

you want to change your job and your new job is with a different employer your job changes to a different occupation code, and you’re not in a graduate training programme you leave a job that’s on the shortage occupation list for a job that is not on the list

You do not need to apply again if you stay in the same job, but your job is taken off the shortage occupation list. If you’ll be doing a different job for your current employer, you only need to apply to update your visa if your new job is in a different occupation code,

Can I change my visitor visa to a work permit in the UK?

You might be able to apply to change (‘switch’) to a Skilled Worker visa if you’re already in the UK on a different type of visa. Your partner or child’s visa will not automatically switch to this visa if you switch yours. If they do not switch their visa, it will be valid until its original end date.

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Is UK Tier 2 visa temporary or permanent?

How long is a Tier 2 visa valid for? – A Tier 2 (General) visa is usually valid for a period of up to 5 years and 14 days, or the time given on the certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter. It may be possible to extend this time, although a Tier 2 visa holder will not be able to extend their total stay in this category beyond 6 years.

How can I get PR after Tier 2 visa in UK?

Tier 2 to Permanent Residence – If you are currently employed under a Tier 2 visa, then you may be able to switch to an indefinite leave to remain in the UK, You need to have stayed in the UK for at least five years before you apply for Permanent Residence also known as ILR.

  • Once you have been granted an indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you will no longer be limited by certain Tier 2 visa regulations such as having to work for only licenced sponsors.
  • Also, if you wish to change employment as a permanent resident, you do not need to comply with the steps set for persons who are not permanent residents.

At Optimus Law, we know the importance of being able to live, study and work in the UK without the stringent conditions that come with several visa categories. As such, we are ready to help you successfully switch from being a temporary resident to a permanent resident.

Can you work full time and study full time UK?

Can Tier 2 Visa Holders Study In The Uk Most students, with exceptions of course, don’t have massively deep pockets when it comes to term time. As a result, many students wonder the following questions:

  1. Are you allowed to work full-time whilst studying on a full-time course?
  2. Should you work full-time whilst studying on a full-time course?

In this article, I will aim to answer both of those questions to the best my knowledge and research and I hope it makes for an informative read. Below, I’ve listed the direct legal perspective for both domestic and international students. Bear in mind that this is only the legal standpoint and there could of course be indirect reproductions of working too much whilst studying (to be discussed later in this article).

  • The legal side of things for domestic students: For UK students, there are no prominent hard restrictions in place for working whilst studying.
  • Your current academic institution will commonly recommend or expect you to limit your work hours (under 15 hours a week), however, it is rare universities act on these recommendations unless it is having a noticeable impact on studies.

The legal side of things for international students*: If you are an international student studying at degree level, there is a typical cap of 20 hours per week of work in place during term time. This is commonly applied to those on a Tier 4 or student visa**.

Outside of term time (university holiday periods), there is generally no limit on the number of hours you can work, so you could technically work full-time. (*) This answers the question of legality regarding the amount of work an international student can do. It is important to note that there are also restrictions on the type of work that can be done on certain visas.

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You can learn more about this later in the article. (**) If you are on a different visa or program whilst studying in the UK, it is imperative that you check with the relevant authority before undertaking any work.

Can student work more than 40 hours in summer break in UK?

Postgraduate taught students (Masters) –

Vacation What is term time and what is vacation period?
Christmas and Easter vacation You are in an official vacation period. However, if you are undertaking or preparing for re-sits during this period, we advise that UKVI may consider you are not in a vacation period. For this reason, if you are a re-sit student, we recommend not to work more than the term time weekly limit during this time, as this may be considered a breach of visa conditions.
Summer vacation You are not in an official vacation period and therefore only 20 hours per week maximum is permitted because you will be required to work on your dissertation during this time. There are some exceptions to this but you must check very carefully before taking any action to work more than the usual term time limit. Most students on our Masters programmes do not get any summer break, Exceptions: 1. If the detailed academic calendar confirms that there is a summer break for your intake (there are detailed academic calendars for both January and September start Masters programmes), then this means during the dates of this summer break, you are outside term time.2. If your Masters programme is a 2 year programme and has a summer break built into it in the first year. If this is an official summer break, confirmed by your Faculty, and you are not working on any re-sits, then you are outside term time. It is extremely important that you check very carefully with your Faculty when there is an official summer break on your programme and when there is not. During an official summer break, if you are working on a re-sit then you must not work more than the weekly term time limit. Take care with this, as if you work beyond the amount of weekly hours you are permitted to, this is a breach of your Student Visa conditions and has serious legal consequences.

Can I work in the UK with a short term study visa?

Restrictions – If you enter the UK on a short-term study visa, you cannot:

work – paid or unpaid.undertake a paid or unpaid work placement, even if this is part of your studies.extend your visa in the UK – you will need to leave the UK within 30 days of your course end date, or before your visa expires, whichever is the sooner.apply for other visas from within the UK.bring dependants.access the National Health Service (you will need to obtain private health insurance).

If you wish to do any of the above, then you must make an application for a Tier 4 General student visa instead. As you must be genuinely seeking entry to the UK as a short-term student you may, as part of the visa application process, be required to undergo an interview with the Home Office. Read further details about credibility interviews,