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Working while Studying

Guidance for Tier 4 Students on working during term time and vacation periods

If you are a student on Tier 4 visa, you are entitled to work during your studies, but you must abide by the restrictions on your visa. 

If you have a Tier 4 student visa for degree level study

Your Tier 4 visa sticker or your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card should indicate that you have restricted work permission, normally to 20 hours per week during term time (see Working in the UK during your studies for when your hours are unrestricted) . For example it will state on your card:

  • Work limited 20 hrs p/w term time
  • Work 20 hrs max in term time
  • Work limit as in PBS rules 20hrs p/w
If you have a Tier 4 student visa for below degree level study

Your BRP should indicate that your work permission is restricted to 10 hours per week, for example:

  • Work limit 10 hrs p/w term time

If you have a Tier 4 visa but it does not appear to have this limited permission, for example it states ‘no work', contact an International Student Adviser to find out if this should be changed.

Term Time

Term time is different for students at different levels of study.  Information about the University's policy on what is term time for different students can be found on the Working in the UK during your studies page.

Employment at Sussex

If you are seeking employment at the University of Sussex, you must follow any guidance provided by the University's Human Resources department.  Please contact for information.

Implications of working in breach of conditions

As with other immigration conditions attached to your visa, it is a criminal offence to breach your work condition, which the Home Office take very seriously. Working over the 10 or 20 hours per week when that limit applies, or doing prohibited work could lead to your removal from the UK or refusal of future immigration applications and/or a time bar on returning to the UK. An employer who gives you work which breaches the conditions of your visa, or who does not properly check your right to work may be committing an offence.