What visa can I get for work after studies?
Please note that the Post Study Work visa is now closed to new applicants. For further information please visit Tier 1 Post-study work (Applications closed 6 April 2012)
Tier 2 General
Most students will need to apply under Tier 2 General in order to work in the UK after the end of their course. Please visit Tier 2 General visas for in country applications for further details including the requirements you will need to meet.
Tier 5 for Temporary Work
The Tier 5 visa route may be useful for international students that want to do a period of temporary work experience after their studies.
A few students may be eligible to apply under one of the more specialist visa routes in Tier 1:
Need a visa for the Pre-registration Year in Pharmacy or Optometry?
may have the option to study as Aston students during the pre-registration year. You'll need to be enrolled on the MOptom programme and extend your student visa. Please book an appointment
with an International Student Adviser to discuss this.
Optometry students who are not going to take the MOptom may not be able to use Tier 2, but please read our information on Tier 5
may be able to use Tier 2
for the pre-reg year. If you do not meet the minimum salary requirement for Tier 2 (currently £20,500 per year for Pre-reg Pharmacists) the Royal Pharmaceutical Society may sponsor you under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme for pre-reg students but this depends on when you will graduate. Please visit this page on Tier 5 - Pre-registration employment
for further details.
Page checked and updated 13 June 2014 LB