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Non-UK students

Non-UK students

If you are an undergraduate registered on a UK course, and are expected to return to your studies, it is normal for you have the right to work in the UK out of term time without a work permit.

Work permit regulations for undergraduate vacation work

If any employer requires further information you should refer them to the UK Government Home Office website.  There is a general page which covers visa and immigration requirements for Non EU students here

The government has a useful webpage providing information about the Tier 4 (general) visa. It also has a link to a detailed PDF document of which the ‘Can I work in the UK’ section (page 65) and ‘What types of work placement am I permitted to take’ (page 67) is relevant to our students.

n is relevant to Cambridge University Engineering students.


National Insurance Number

When you work for an employer, it is a legal requirement for your to pay Income tax and National Insurance. If you are not a UK resident, you will need to apply for a National Insurance (NI) number. This is sometimes printed on the back of your biometric residence permit (BRP).

You do not need to apply for a National Insurance number if you already have one or one is printed on your BRP.

If  you DO NOT have a National Insurance number, you must apply for one from HM Revenue and Customs:

You may end up paying too much tax as you are unlikely to earn the required amount to meet the annual tax threshold. To get this money back, you may be able to claim a refund from the HMRC.