If you are an international student, it is important to be aware of the visas required to work in the UK and abroad after graduation. The following information should act as a signpost to resources, so that you can research your options thoroughly.

Working in the UK after Cranfield

In a major boost for international students, the UK Government has announced a new Graduate route, expanding opportunities for international students to build successful careers in the UK. All international students who join Cranfield in the 2020/2021 academic year will be eligible for the new scheme.

Launching on 1 July 2021, this route will be open to all international students who have a valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed their course at Cranfield. The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years ( for MSc students) and three years (for PhD students) after completing their studies. During the period of their visa, they will be able to switch onto the ‘skilled work visa’ if they find a job which meets the skills requirements of the UK Government.

Please follow these links for the latest information and guidance, UKCISA and Student Circus (Cranfield log-in required).

Resources for Employers

Cranfield University creates global leaders in technology and management, we are renowned for having a rich student body from culturally diverse backgrounds. With their combination of academic excellence, research capabilities and knowledge of real-world applications, they are able to make valuable contributions to commercial objectives.

For information on sponsoring someone as a Skilled Worker or on a Tier 5 visa, employers should visit the UK Visas and Immigration's guidance for employers. As a student, it is useful to be aware of this, should a potential employer have any questions.

Making your business case to Employers

In order to be successful with any application for employment, you will need to provide evidence for your skills and abilities, as well as demonstrate your career motivation. We have a Learning Pack dedicated to the art of filling in an Application Form, which can be downloaded here; and a Factsheet on Speculative Applications which can be found here.

We would also recommend that you take the time to write a compelling Cover Letter, outlining the type of permit that you are looking for and any steps an employer would need to take in order to hire you. The Learning Pack related to this topic can be found here.

Finally, to be totally proactive and generate your own opportunities, you should read up on The Hidden Jobs Market to discover how to find roles that aren’t advertised; you can download our Factsheet on this here.

National Insurance Numbers

You need to have a National Insurance number if you’re planning to work in the UK. You can start work without one if you can prove you have the right to work here. You do not need a National Insurance number to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Please visit the gov.uk website for more information on National Insurance numbers.

Resources for International Students

We have teamed up with Student Circus to help our international students find employment in the UK.

All employers on the site are:

  • confirmed as willing to sponsor the UK Work Visa
  • verified as offering salaries as per immigration rules
  • licensed with the Home Office
  • able to provide expert immigration advice

By using the site, our international students can expect to:

  • get prepared for the UK job market and build a network
  • discover structured and formal paid internships designed with flexibility
  • improve their chances to get a job with the same company

All Cranfield students will receive a log-in to Student Circus once they arrive on campus.

Student Circus

Amit “You taught me how to succeed in interviews and convinced me that I'm not as bad in English as I thought! I have now been offered a role as a Purchasing Manager - who got sponsorship status - and we are applying for visas for myself and my family.”
– Dmitrii Buravlev, MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management 2020-21