Working in the UK after your studies
There are different options for staying in the UK and finding work after you have completed your studies.
There are fewer restrictions for companies employing international graduates who are switching from a Tier 4 student visa in the UK, than for employing students who have been studying outside the UK.
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa
The University of Bristol has recently started to endorse individuals through this scheme. We have set up a process that you will need to follow to be considered. Please see our Tier 1 GE information (PDF, 221kB) for further details.
You can also read UKVI Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa information.
Tier 2 - for students with a job offer from an employer holding a Tier 2 sponsor licence
Read UKVI Tier 2 (General) visa information for full details of eligibility and how to apply.
Read UKCISA's information for full details including eligible jobs and how to apply in the UK or overseas.
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension scheme (DES) - for PhD students only
The 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.
Please come to a drop in session to discuss when you can apply and what you need to do to prepare. Our advisers will help you with the application process and send relevant documentation on your behalf.
If you have already completed your PhD, you will not be eligible for the scheme. Read the UKVI Tier 4 general student visa information for more details.
Tier 5 (Youth mobility scheme)
Read the UKVI Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) information for more details.
Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)
Read the UKVI Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) information for more details.
Read UKCISA's working after studies guidance for more information.
We recommend that you start planning early if you wish to work here after your studies. The Careers Service can help your prepare for the UK job market. If you wish to discuss the visa options further, contact us.
The Careers Service offer help and advice about working in the UK and the UK job market.