If you have finished all elements of your course, you will be able to work full time hours after the course end date on your CAS, until your student immigration permission expires. However, the type of work you can do is still restricted under the Student Immigration Rules until the date your student immigration permission expires, you must make sure you do not take a job that means you would be in breach of your work conditions as this is a criminal offence. For instance, you cannot work in a full-time permanent position.
PhD students can work full-time, after you have been awarded your PhD and uploaded your final thesis to our Research Repository. If the duration of your course increases, you must continue to work part-time hours.
Your CAS will show your course end date, this is the date we are sponsoring you to study full-time until, we will not consider you to have finished your course before this date unless you have been awarded the qualification early and we are able to report this to the Home Office in line with the Student Sponsor guidance.
If you withdraw, intermit or take a leave of absence from your course you must stop working immediately as you will no longer have the right to work in the UK even if your student immigration permission has not been curtailed (cut short).
If you have applied for permission to stay in the UK under the Graduate route, your Student immigration work conditions apply until you have been granted Graduate route permission to stay. For more information about the Graduate and other work routes, read the UKCISA guidance on working after studies and contact their student advice line or your employer if you have any questions, our advisers are not able to offer advice about work immigration routes.
We highly recommend you read the UKCISA information including their blog for more information about the types of work you can or can’t do with a student immigration permission, before you take a job.