Working with a Student visa after studies

After your course has ended, you should have additional time (wrap up period) on your Student visa to remain in the UK.

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During this period, you will be able to work in the UK full-time provided that you have completed your studies.

How much extra time you have will depend on the total length of your course:

  • Less than 6 months = 7 days
  • Between 6 months and 12 months = 2 months
  • 12 months or more = 4 months

The end date of your course is stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) statement. It is this end date that UK Visas and Immigration will use to calculate how much extra time to give you after your studies.

As soon as your official course end date arrives, you can work full time until your visa expires providing you have successfully completed your studies.

However, you are still expected to observe the working conditions attached to your visa, which include:

  • Not filling a permanent vacancy (unless you have applied for a Skilled Worker Visa and completed a degree level qualification or higher. If so you can start work even if it's a permanent vacancy)
  • Not becoming self-employed (unless you have applied for a Start-up visa and your last Student visa was granted on or after 1 October 2019)
  • Not working as a professional sportsperson or entertainer

We do not recommend that you travel outside of the UK between your course completion date and your visa expiry date, since you may have trouble re-entering the UK if you are no longer studying.