workplacement

Work placement for Tier 4 students

Most students on a Tier 4 visa will normally be granted a visa to cover the full length of the programme. Students who applied for a programme which contains a work placement will normally be granted a visa which covers the full length of the programme including the work placement year.

However, if you have applied for a programme of study which did not contain a work placement year, but wish to add a work placement year onto your existing programme, then your Tier 4 visa may not cover the full length of your programme.

In such instance, you may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa to cover the new length of the programme.

What type of work placement can I do?

The work placement you undertake must be an assessed part of your programme of study. This means that during the work placement, you are also registered as a student at the university.

The work placement you undertake must be no more than 50 per cent of the total length of your programme. Your programme of study must be at or above degree level.

You are only eligible to renew your Tier 4 visa if the work placement will take place within the UK. If your work placement will take place outside the UK, please see further information about the visa implications.

When to apply for a new Tier 4 visa?

You can apply for the Tier 4 visa at any point during your programme of study, but before your commence the work placement. However, we would encourage you to apply for the Tier 4 visa once you have successfully secured a work placement, so as not to expend time and money for the visa extension, in the event you do not secure a work placement.

You must be granted the new Tier 4 visa either prior to starting the work placement, or after completion of the work placement. Where possible, we would encourage you to apply for the visa before starting the work placement to avoid any potential issues with your employer, and prospectively returning to your studies.

Where can I apply for the Tier 4 visa?

You can apply for the Tier 4 visa either from within the UK, or outside the UK.
If you apply for the visa from within the UK, you must make the visa application before your current visa expires.

If you apply for the visa from outside the UK, then you need to ensure that the application is made in good time to enable you to return to the UK prior to starting the work placement or start of term.

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

You will have to pay for the IHS when you make the Tier 4 visa application. In most cases, if you apply for the Tier 4 visa before starting the work placement, it is likely that there will be an overlapping period from the 2 visas. You may therefore be eligible for a refund of the IHS for the overlapping period of time, if you make the Tier 4 visa application from within the UK.

However, if you make the Tier 4 visa application from outside the UK, you may not be eligible for the refund.

Conditions of your Tier 4 visa

You are allowed to work on a full-time basis for the work placement. Any additional work you wish to undertake outside of the work placement will be restricted to 20 hours per week. Any work you intend to undertake outside of the work placement must not interfere with the work placement itself.

If you are required to register with the police, you must continue to do so and keep your police registration certificate up to date.

What if my work placement is terminated prematurely?

You should discuss this matter with your school or placement officer as soon as possible. If there will be a gap between the work placement ending and the start of the new term, you may have to return home during this time, and apply for a new Tier 4 visa once you are ready to return to the UK to resume your studies.

How to apply for a Tier 4 visa?

You can find further information about the visa application process, depending on whether you are applying for the Tier 4 visa from within the UK; or from outside the UK.

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