As a visitor you are not permitted to work in the UK. Work includes:
- Working for an organisation or business in the UK;
- Conducting business activities in the UK. This includes running or setting up a business as a self-employed person;
- Doing a work placement or internship (including as part of a course of study);
- Providing goods and services;
- Direct selling to the public.
You will not be permitted to access public funds during your stay in the UK as a visitor. 'Public funds' are defined in paragraph 6 of the Immigration Rules as a list of specific benefits available. As you will be unable to work during your stay in the UK, you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to maintain and support yourself without having to claim any of these benefits also.
You are also not permitted to access medical treatment in the UK other than private medical treatment (see medical insurance).
If following finishing your studies as a visitor, you wish to study a further course of studies for a duration of six months or more, you will not be permitted to switch into the Student route in the UK. You will need to apply for entry clearance in order to do this. Please refer to Applying for a Student route visa outside the UK for further details. You will also be prohibited from switching into most working routes in the UK - see Working after studies.
Extending your stay as a visitor is also prohibited. Two exceptions to this however include visitors in the UK who wish to re-sit the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board Test. Overseas medical, dental or nursing school graduates who intend on undertaking unpaid clinical attachments or dental observer posts in the UK are also permitted to extend their stay in the UK.
Marrying, forming a civil partnership or wishing to give notice to marry or form a civil partnership are also prohibited as a visitor. If you wish to do any of these activities, you must have prior entry clearance specifically endorsed for one of these purposes.
Receipt of payment for any activity carried out in the UK is also prohibited as a visitor. Whilst there are limited exceptions to this, which include the receipt of reasonable expenses in certain circumstances, this is generally prohibited.