Eligibility for international students

To apply for an MGT vacancy, international students need to ensure that they have the relevant authorisation to work in the UK beyond the expiry of their student visa.

Student visas usually expire around 4 months after your course end date. The majority of MGT jobs are fixed-term contract roles for between 4 and 12 months or permanent positions and therefore require international students to have, or obtain, permission to work in the UK beyond their student visa expiry. If you are not an EEA national, this will need to be under a Tier 2 employer sponsored visa or under a Tier 5 short-term/internship visa.

Working beyond your student visa under Tier 2 sponsorship requires that:

  • The salary is a minimum of £20,800 per annum (or more for certain roles/jobs).
  • The employer is on the Sponsor Register of employers.
  • The post meets the UK Border Agency definition of a skilled job for Tier 2 sponsorship.

You can find out more about skilled job roles and minimum salaries under the Codes of Practice for Tier 2 on the UKBA website. Unfortunately, most MGT positions do not meet the minimum salary requirements for Tier 2 sponsorship as the average salary for an MGT job is £16,000 per annum/pro rata.

MGT fixed-term contract roles and short-term visas (under Tier 5)

It may be possible to use a short-term work experience visa (under Tier 5 – Government Authorised Exchanges) to cover an MGT role that is a fixed-term contract for less than 12 months. The visa is sponsored by another organisation (not the employer), so you will need to leave the UK at the end of the visa. You will need to arrange the visa yourself through the Tier 5 sponsor once you have a job offer. Historically, though, the nature of MGT roles means that none have met the requirements of the Tier 5 sponsorship to date.

If you qualify for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme, you can work in the UK for up to two years. This scheme is available to nationals of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Taiwan, and to British Overseas Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens and British Nationals (Overseas).