News for international students – February 2017


Date for your diary: Online Q&A for international students: Tuesday 14 March (11.00am – 1.00pm)

On  Tuesday 14 March we will hold an online Q&A for international students about working in the UK. Maybe you are confused about the visa options you have when you finish your course, or how to explain to an employer that you are allowed to work?  We will try to answer any questions you have – it’s all online so you don’t need to . The chat will be hosted by immigration adviser Louise Saunderson and Mandy Simmons from the Careers Information team.

To take part just use the Careers Q&A link, any time between 11.00 and 13.00 on 14 March (Note: you need to be logged out of the VLE in order to access the chat via this link.)

Immigration Skills Charge/Skills Levy

If you’ve not heard of the Immigration Skills Charge you will very soon as it comes into force at the start of April 2017. It is a new charge for employers who will be required to pay up to £1,000 per year for recruiting someone on a Tier 2 visa from outside the EU. However, it is vital that you know that this charge will NOT be payable for a graduate who is switching from a Tier 4 student visa to Tier 2 within the UK. You can find further information about this exemption on page 2 of this factsheet We expect that this will cause confusion with employers who may not be aware of this important exemption.

Gradlink GULF – new resource for international students

This is a specialist careers resource for students and graduates from the Gulf  linking them with employers and jobs across the region. The website is also of interest to any student who are interested in working in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman.  This resource complements a range of excellent Gradlink sites covering jobs, employers and careers advice:

Employers, Income Tax and National Insurance – what do you need to know?

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)  website and the information on our web pages should help you answer any questions you have around your rights in the workplace and how the tax system in the UK works.




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