students who come from outside the EU* on Tier 4 visa may work in the UK but their visa will restrict the number of hours they can legally work each week. Often this is up to 20 hours per week during term-time for Further Education and Higher Education courses but you should check the student’s visa for confirmation of each individual’s allowance. Outside of term-time International students can work an unrestricted number of hours.
Self-employment/freelance work: International students are not allowed to start their own business in the UK and therefore should not be employed on a freelance basis at any time.
Please note that there are certain types of visas that permit study and work without the restrictions imposed by Student/Tier 4 visas (e.g. dependents visa). If you are unsure as to whether you may employ an International Student then please contact the UK Border Agency employers’ helpline 0300 123 4699. You may also find the booklet 'A guide for employers recruiting international Students and Graduates' useful. There may be legal implications for employers found to be employing International students who are breaking the terms of their visa and the employer is responsible for checking the visa status of any International Student who they employ.
Although Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are not members of the EU, their citizens have the same rights as EU citizens to work in the UK.