Working in the UK after your studies

It may be possible for you to stay on in the UK for practical training or work experience or for full-time employment depending on your circumstances.

Graduate schemes

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)

The Tier 1 (GE) visa is for graduates who are serious about starting their own business in the UK and requires ongoing engagement with the University during your stay in the UK. You can find more information about the requirements from the Home Office. Our University has three places available this year.

As part of your visa application you will require an endorsement letter from the University. To be considered for an endorsement letter, you must be able to demonstrate you meet all the Home Office requirements to make a successful Tier 1 (GE) application and will need to go through the following process:

  • fill in an application form and a business plan template as well as a personal cost overview (templates are available on request)
  • present your business to a panel

The deadline for this year's submission of forms is the 2 October 2016. If you would like to request the templates please send an email to

Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme)

This scheme came into force from 6 April 2013. It is designed to give Tier 4 students who have almost finished their UK PhD or other doctorate qualification, an additional 12 months of Tier 4 (General) immigration permission to remain in the UK. Our University is participating in this scheme so, if you haven’t yet completed your University of Essex PhD and have a valid Tier 4 (General) visa, read the details in our applying for a visa section to find out more.

Other schemes

If you have an employer who is prepared to sponsor you, you may be able to remain in the UK to work under Tier 2. We recommend reading the UKCISA guidance and the Home Office website for more information. If you require advice you can contact an immigration lawyer.

Employability and Careers Centre

Visit Employability and careers for friendly, professional support and one-to-one advice for students and Essex graduates.

Please note: The University’s immigration advisers are not able to offer advice regarding work categories of the Immigration Rules, please see our website for details of alternative immigration advice services.