Working in the UK after your studies
We can currently advise about and support applications for Start-up visa and Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa.
In September 2019 the UK government announced plans to reintroduce a general post-study work visa. These plans have not been confirmed yet, but there is some information available on this UKCISA webpage as well as on the general UKCISA Working after Studies webpage. We will update our website with more information if/when it becomes available.
The Start-up visa has now replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa. Start-up is a UKVI initiative under which the University of Bristol is able to endorse a limited number of entrepreneurs for the 2 year visa and is co-run by the Basecamp Enterprise team in the Careers Service and Student Visa Services. This is for those who want to set up a business in the UK and whose business venture meets the requirements of innovation, viability and scalability.
Please see the UKVI website and the University's online resource What is the Start-Up visa? for further information about Start-up. Please be aware that the financial requirement is that you have already held £945 in your bank account for 90 consecutive days before you submit an online visa application. Please see Start-up visa (PDF, 162kB) for details on how to apply for the visa and what to prepare.
If you would like to be considered for endorsement you will need to submit a business plan to the Basecamp Enterprise team. The deadline for buisness plan submissions is 14 Ocober 2019. Please see the online application to submit your business plan.
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa
Please see Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa information (PDF, 134kB) for details.
The Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) gives students who have almost finished their PhD an additional 12 months of Tier 4 immigration permission to remain in the UK to look for work. You must have a current Tier 4 student visa to participate in the scheme, and you can only apply from inside the UK. You must also obtain a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University of Bristol.
If your PhD has already been awarded at the Examinations Board, you will not be eligible to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme.
The Careers Service offers help and advice about working in the UK. We recommend that you start planning early if you wish to work in the UK after your studies.