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Working and paying tax as a student

As an international student and for the duration of your course, you are allowed to work in the United Kingdom during term time and holiday time in order to supplement your study and living costs. 


Working restrictions as a student  

If you're a student and you're working, you can be taxed on casual, part-time and temporary work. 

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When applying for your Student Visa, make sure that you apply for one that entitles you to work in the UK. (You need to be a student for more than 6 months).  Even if you do not want to work at first, as you get used to living in the UK and gain in confidence, you may enjoy earning some extra money and interacting in a different environment.

 Check what your passport sticker (entry clearance or residence permit) or Student Identity Card says.  If you are in the United Kingdom with student immigration permission, and your card says, 'Restricted work, p/t term time, f/t vacations', or if it says, ‘Work and any changes must be authorised', or, ‘Able to work as authorised by the Secretary of State', you are entitled to work.

 For more information, including EEA and Swiss students, see this useful website:

 The following are conditions that you can work under:

·        During term time, you may work up to 20 hours per week and full time (normally 37.5 hours per week) during vacations.
·        If work placement is essential to the requirements of your course, you should be entitled to work longer (such as a sandwich course or internship lasting no longer than 3 months).
·        Note that you may not run your own business, be self-employed, or work as a professional sportsperson or entertainer. 

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