Can I freelance while on a Student visa in the UK?

18 Dec 2023, 07 mins ago

Explore whether you can engage in freelancing activities while on a Student visa by navigating regulations and requirements. If you are a student on a Student visa in the UK, it is critical for you to grasp what you are permitted to do in order to achieve a seamless transition post-graduation.

If you are an international student in the UK attempting to balance studies and freelancing aspirations, it is crucial for you to understand the nuanced regulations surrounding the Student visa, particularly the fact that you are not authorised to work on a self-employed or freelance basis.

If you are physically in the UK while freelancing, it constitutes self-employment and breaches the 20-hour limit during term time. However, as your course concludes, you enter the “vacation” phase allowing you to work (employment only) without restrictions for a period of up to four months, or until your visa expires (whichever is sooner).

If you wish to stay in the UK after you complete your studies, you may consider applying for the Graduate Route Visa, as it offers its holder the opportunity for self-employment. It is important to note, however, that working as a professional sportsperson or a coach is not permitted under this route.

Many international students aspire to establish a balance between academia and professional pursuits, but understanding and following the immigration rules is paramount. Compliance with the Student visa requirements will ensure a smooth transition from student to professional life in the UK.

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