UK Visa information
Depending on your status, it is possible to work in the UK whilst you are studying, and there are routes to work in the UK upon completion of your Oxford degree.
The Points Based System for immigration consists of different tiers (categories) of visas which allow people from outside the EEA/EU to work or study in the UK. Useful resources include:
- The University’s Student Information and Advisory Service is the place to go for the most up to date information on Visas.
- The UK Border Agency website will give you the latest working visa information and details of a number of other visa schemes.
- UKCISA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs, offers independent
information and advice about immigration, finance and working in the UK.
We hold regular talks at the Careers Service for International Students wanting to find out more about their visa options. International students considering staying in UK after their studies may find the following resources useful:
- Frequently asked questions
- Working after studies resources sheet December 2013
- Staying on to work 9 July 2013
Please note, Careers Advisers are unable to give individual visa advice to students.
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa
Who is eligible?
- Non-EEA national graduates
- Graduates who have a genuine, credible and innovative business idea
- Graduates must not currently be on Post Study Work visa
- English language requirement (automatically qualify by completing a degree taught in English at Oxford or other UK university)
For the General Visa
- Graduates in any subject who received their degree from the University within the last 12 months.
- Postdoctoral researchers currently working for the University on a Tier 2 (General) Migrant visa who have graduated from a UK Higher Education Institution.
For the MBA visa
- Graduates of the MBA or EMBA programmes who have received their degree within the last 12 months
Links to UKBA docs
- Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Policy Guidance document UKBA
- Visa application form for students
- Immigration Rules for Graduate Entrepreneur Route paragraphs 245F – 245FC
- and paragraphs 66 – 72 of Appendix A:
- Additional requirements when applying from outside the UK
How to apply
- All applications must be made through Career Connect. If you already have an account, please sign on for more information and to apply. If you have not yet registered for a Career Connect account, please log-in using your single sign on (if you are a student) and complete your profile. If you are alumni or research staff, please contact the Reception team at email@example.com or 01865 274646 to set up your account.
- The closing date for the current round of applications is 24th February. For further information and to apply please log on to Career Connect and search for vacancy 58015 (General) or 58016 (MBA)
- Cover letter demonstrating:
- Personal commitment to the entrepreneurial idea
- Support needed and available from the university and elsewhere
- Previous relevant experience in the service/product, as an entrepreneur, and in business
- A description of your business and progress to date. Applications will be judged on the following selection criteria:
- Is this a genuine, credible and innovative business idea?
- Can you demonstrate your ownership, or co-ownership, of the idea?
- Is there evidence of progress to date that demonstrates a real commitment to getting the business started, including for example:
- Feedback from current or potential users/customers?
- Financing – actual and/or promised?
- Formalising of the business—eg, incorporation/registration, website, domain names, offices?
- A short business plan that includes an assessment of market, competition, customers, service/product, and financial requirements .
- The business plan should include realistic and useful measures for assessing performance after 1 year.
11th Mar 2014
Wednesday 12 March, 12.30-14.00, The Careers Service, (Talk delivered by the OU Student Information & Advisory Service) With the closure of Tier 1 (Post Study Work), the main route available to students to remaining in the UK for work is now Tier 2 (General). A relaxation of some of the requirements makes it easier for… Continue reading →
5th Feb 2014
Thursday 6 February, 12.30-14.00, The Careers Service, (Talk delivered by the OU Student Information & Advisory Service) With the closure of Tier 1 (Post Study Work), the main route available to students to remaining in the UK for work is now Tier 2 (General). A relaxation of some of the requirements makes it easier for… Continue reading →