Post-study work options for international students

This course will focus on presenting what immigration routes are available for students who want to work in the UK beyond their studies. You will also gain an understanding of the work rights of international students during their studies.

By the end of the session you will be familiar with a student’s post-study work options, including:

  • The main work routes of Skilled Worker, Global Talent, Start-Up and Innovator
  • Temporary Worker routes of Youth Mobility and the Government Authorised Exchange
  • Other options, including British National Overseas visa, EU Settlement Scheme and family routes.

This session will include presentations, case studies and the opportunity for you to ask questions. This session may be of interest to anyone advising international students of their immigration and careers options after graduating, as well as those involved in recruiting students for work. We will be covering aspects of the Immigration Rules in detail so delegates should have a basic knowledge of the Rules and be comfortable navigating these.

Please note that this session will not be covering the Graduate route. If you would like to understand more about the Graduate route, please see UKCISA’s separate event on ‘Graduate route: post-study work is back’. 

This session will be delivered by Pat Saini and Hazar El-Chamaa of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP on behalf of UKCISA. 

Pat heads the firm's immigration team and has over 20 years’ experience in her field. Education is a core part of her practice and she advises universities, FE colleges, English language and independent schools. Pat provides guidance on all aspects of immigration including sponsor compliance, student visas, Brexit related issues, business restructuring (including the purchase/sale of universities) and risk management. Regularly liaising with senior Home Office officials on behalf of clients, where appropriate she challenges decisions where action has been taken by UKVI. Leading the immigration team’s Government liaison services, she has been instrumental in bringing about immigration rule and guidance changes that have positively affected the education sector.

Hazar has over 15 years’ immigration experience acting for universities, large private education providers, independent schools and boarding schools. Her in-depth knowledge of the sector enables her to provide cutting-edge solutions to educational establishments amidst ever-changing immigration rules and guidance. Hazar’s advice to education clients covers everything from an institution’s admissions procedures and systems, reviewing partnership agreements, business restructuring and risk and compliance with ever-changing Home Office requirements as well as providing solutions to the day to day immigration challenges they face. Hazar also strives to ensure the immigration sector as a whole continues to service the needs of migrants through her role as Chair of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA).


  • Date(s): 28 April 2021
  • Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Price: £70 per delegate (card payments only) - UKCISA members will be given priority
  • Location: Webinar
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