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Discover the answer to some frequently asked questions about visas for working as a teacher in the UK.
The following visas allow you to work in the United Kingdom:
Working Holiday Maker Scheme
This programme allows people between the ages of 17 and 30 to visit the United Kingdom for a period of up to two years. You can work for up to 12 months during your holiday, but the holiday, not the employment, should be the primary purpose for your stay.
Any overseas teacher who is a Commonwealth citizen and has at least one grandparent who was born in the UK is eligible for an ancestry visa. This visa allows them to work in the UK for five years.
A work permit allows you to work for only one employer or school. This means you will not be permitted to work for any other employer while on this visa. As an agency, we will assist you in organising the visa process, assisting you with the forms and liaising with the institution that is giving the sponsorship.
Highly Skilled Worker
The highly skilled worker category is intended to allow highly skilled individuals to come to the United Kingdom in search of work or self-employment. You don’t require a job offer to apply under the highly skilled worker category. This visa is different from the Sponsored Skilled Workers, who are covered by tier 2 of the points-based system.
When you apply, you will be given points based on your qualifications, prior earnings, UK experience, age, English language skills, and ability to maintain yourself (money).
All international teachers must have a valid work visa in order to live and work in the United Kingdom. You can teach in the UK without any limitations if you have a UK passport.
‘Overseas Trained Teachers’ (OTTs) must have a fully recognised teaching qualification and, in some cases, registration from their country of origin in order to work in the UK.