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Working in the UK after study

What are my options for working in the UK after study?

Most students will have immigration permission which extends for up to four months after you have completed your studies. If you want to stay on and work in the UK after this period in the UK, you will need to apply for immigration permission in one of the work visa categories.

Where do I start?

Please use the UKCISA and the UK Visas and Immigration websites for a full list and detailed explanation of the visa options and requirements and guidance on applying. We provide an overview of the main visa options and practical tips how to search and apply for jobs that meet the visa requirements on the following pages.

Visa advice

We can provide basic information on the visa options and advice on finding and applying for jobs, but we are not legally authorised to give visa guidance or support with visa applications. If you need specialist advice on visas you can search for an immigration solicitor on the Law Society’s website. We have also compiled a List of Immigration Solicitors in Manchester to help you find a local solicitor.

Visa appointments with an immigration solicitor may occasionally be available on campus, please check below for details and available dates.

Please note that the University of Manchester does not endorse a particular solicitor or firm. The list was compiled based on the firms being registered with the Law Society which is the independent professional body for solicitors. If you make an appointment with an immigration solicitor, always check whether you will have to pay and how much the charge will be. The University of Manchester is not responsible for the legal advice provided by any firm listed above.

Immigration solicitor appointments on campus

We are able to offer visa appointments with an immigration solicitor, Charlotte Ashton from MLP Law on campus once a month at the Careers Service in the Atrium. Please call the Information Team on 0161 275 2829 to check for upcoming appointment dates.

  • Appointments are for final year or postgraduate students with urgent visa issues or complicated visa concerns only which may affect you in the next 6-9 months.
  • Appointments are 30 minutes and are free. Only 1 appointment per student per academic year can be booked due to demand. If you need further help the solicitor will be able to discuss fees for ongoing services.
  • For a general overview of your visa options please use the resources list above and the UKCISA and UK Visas and Immigration websites.
  • For enquiries or issues concerning a Tier 4 student visa or doctoral extension scheme, please speak to the University's Student Immigration Team.

Disclaimer - The University of Manchester is not responsible for the legal advice provided by the law firm MLP Law, nor does it endorse or recommend any of its services or legal advice. Any student who uses the services of MLP Law does so at their own risk. There are other law firms in Manchester that offer similar immigration services to MLP Law, such firms can be found on the Law Society’s website.

Frequently asked questions

  • Which companies hire international students?
  • How do I approach employers at careers fairs?
  • How do I include UCAS points on an application?

Find answers on our FAQs page