Overseas Students: Employment

Home Office written question – answered at on 11 December 2023.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Independent, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of hours that people on student visas can work.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)

The Student route is primarily for study, not for work, but many students can work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time outside of term time.

We currently have no plans to increase these working hour limits. They ensure the route is not being used as a backdoor to the UK’s labour market and protects the UK’s reputation for educational excellence.

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