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Many European countries like the UK and Ireland have become a desired destination for international students because of the exposure and opportunities that non-EU residents get with some of the world's leading and most prestigious universities, colleges and schools in these countries. The post study work visa rules applicable for students in UK and Ireland, enabling them to stay back and work after their education is one of the prominent reasons why students are preferring these countries as a career choice for a brighter future.

UK post-study work visa for graduates

From 1st-July 2021, international students who completed either an undergraduate or a master's degree will be able to stay and work in the UK for two years through the newly announced Graduate Route. Also, PhD students can stay up to three years through the Graduate Route visa.

Ireland post-study work visa

The Ireland post-study work visa duration for this scheme is 2 years for postgraduate degree holders and 3-4 years for undergraduate degree holders.


One of the major concerns for international students is funding their stay in any new country. UK and Ireland both allow students to work part time along with pursuing their chosen academic programs. This not only helps them to take care of their expenses and reduce financial pressure but also helps them to gain professional experience and practical exposure. This may help them later to get desired job opportunities.

UK : Overseas students studying in the UK are allowed to work part-time in the UK. Students of Tier-4 Visa can work for up to 20 hours per week during term-time and full-time during holiday breaks.

A Tier 4 student visa is the longest stay visa And will also help you to get PR in UK. It is always recommended to apply for it at least 3 months before the course starts in any scheduled place.

IRELAND : Ireland provides plenty of part-time work opportunities for international students.

Working part-time is allowed upto 40 hours per week on holidays and 20 hours per week during the term time. They are also eligible for the Irish minimum wage of around €9.15 to 10 per hour. Companies who take you for a part time job may offer you full employment also based on your performance.


UK : The student can apply for a permanent residence card in the UK after completing 5 full years of a graduate job. To become a permanent resident, the applicant should get the “indefinite leave to remain (ILR) Visa”. A full-time job, good code of conduct and no criminal record will help in securing the ILR visa in the UK.

IRELAND : General Employment Permit Holders can apply for permanent residency after legally living in Ireland for 5 years. Generally, you can apply for residency after legally living in Ireland for 5 years.

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