This article will explain how many hours International/EU/EEA/Swiss Students can work per week, and where to get further advice and guidance.

Tier 4 Student Visa

If you are on a Tier 4 student visa, you can work up to 20 hours a week during term-time and full-time during vacation periods (you must adhere to University of Portsmouth term dates as stated here.) We advise that before you start looking for work, you check your visa to ensure your work conditions are correct.

This includes both paid and voluntary work. For example, if you can work for 20 hours during term-time and have paid work for 15 hours a week you cannot do more than five hours voluntary work per week.

To find out more about the Tier 4 policy, visit here:  Tier 4 (General) student visa.

To learn about protecting your Tier 4 student status and working during your studies here in the UK, visit UKCISA webpage.

The table provides a summary of the restrictions for international students:

 

Teaching blocks (term-time)

Christmas/Easter vacation

Summer vacation

Undergraduate

(foundation degree or degree)

20 hours per week

unrestricted

unrestricted

Taught Postgraduate

(includes most MA, MSc students)

20 hours per week until course completion has been confirmed by Faculty Registrar and Academic Registry.

20 hours per week until course completion has been confirmed by Faculty Registrar and Academic Registry.

20 hours per week until course completion has been confirmed by Faculty Registrar and Academic Registry.

Research Postgraduate (includes PhD, MPhil, MLitt)

20 hours per week. Restricted - except within recognised Annual Leave periods**

20 hours per week. Restricted - except within recognised Annual Leave periods**

20 hours per week. Restricted - except within recognised Annual Leave periods**

 NB: During the summer vacation Masters Students can only work full time once their project is submitted.

 **Annual leave for PGRs is a maximum of 8 weeks within the year; this includes bank holidays and UoP Christmas closure.

EU/EEA/Swiss Students

If you are a student from a country in European Economic Area (EEA), except students from Croatia (restrictions detailed below), you are able to work in the UK without restrictions.  EEA countries:  Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Croatian students

Croatian students are required to apply for a Yellow Registration Certificate, using the CR1 form available on the UK Government website. You cannot work without the Registration Certificate as your employment will be unlawful.  Completing the CR1 forms is reasonably straightforward and you should be able to complete the forms independently. After you have received your certificate, you can work up to 20 hours per week during term-time and full time during the vacations. You can then apply for your national insurance number.

Short Term Study Visa

You cannot do any work if you are on a Short Term Study Visa or on a Standard Visitor Visa.

Further guidance

For further advice and support please either contact the International Office or the University of Portsmouth’s employability service, Purple Door;

Purple Door

Telephone: +44 (0) 23 9284 2684

Email: purpledoor@port.ac.uk     

Web: www.port.ac.uk/purpledoor

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