This page is about the options for switching within the UK from a Student visa to a work visa. We also have separate information for those who want to work between the end of their studies and the end of their Student visa: see Work when you are no longer studying. Under many of the work schemes listed, your spouse or civil partner, unmarried or same sex partner and children can apply to stay in the UK with you, or join you here.
Within the information about each route, we provide you with helpful guidance and links to the relevant Immigration Rules, guidance for applicants and for Home Office caseworkers, and the appropriate application forms. As a further resource, the British Council have combined with Future Learn to provide this helpful MOOC on Preparing for Work in the UK, specifically for international graduates. Also, If you are an international PhD student, there is also an immigration toolkit available to read on the jobs.ac.uk website.
For schemes sponsored by an employer or endorsed by your university or another body, the sponsor or endorsing body itself is normally the best source of advice. Some law centres, and other advice centres have immigration specialists who will provide some basic advice free of charge. Some private solicitors also specialise in immigration law, although they will charge you a fee for their advice. We have further information on seeking advice here.