UK VISA TEACHER INFORMATION
UK VISA FOR TEACHERS
Before you enter the UK, you may require a visa dependent on your age and nationality. There is no special UK Visa for teachers, however, you need look at the following categories to see which visa fits your circumstances. Without an applicable visa and passport, you will not be able to enter the UK!
YOUTH MOBILITY SCHEME TIER 5
If you are a Canadian, Australian or NZ citizen aged 18-30 and haven’t previously entered the UK using this visa, you will qualify under a Youth Mobility Scheme Tier 5.
It is a simple online application to start the process and is the most common way to enter the UK, allowing you to work unrestricted for 2 years. A YMS visa can take around 2 months to process but in an emergency situation can be fast tracked in as little as 1 week. For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility
UK ANCESTRY VISA
If you are a Commonwealth national and can prove that one of your parents or grandparents was born in the United Kingdom, you may be eligible for an Ancestry visa. This is a 5 year visa which allows you to work unrestricted in the UK. There is a fee for processing the visa along with a separate healthcare surcharge fee. Applying for this visa can be started online.
To find out more and start the application process please visit: www.gov.uk/ancestry-visa/overview
EUROPEAN UNION (EU PASSPORT)
If you have a passport from any country within the European Union, you will have the automatic right to enter the UK. If you don’t have an EU passport but have a parent or grandparent that you can prove was born within the European Union, you may be eligible for a passport from that country. It is worth noting however that some countries are far more restrictive than others in processing passport applications. Any subsequent changes to right of passage for EU citizens due to Brexit may follow in due course.
WORK PERMIT (TIER 2 GENERAL- SHORTAGE OCCUPATION)
If your circumstances don’t fit any of the previous categories, the final option is to enter the UK on a work permit. This means you must be sponsored directly by a school. This application is only available to teachers who have qualified as a Maths, Science or Computer Science specialist. All citizens regardless of age from the US, Jamaica and South Africa will require a work permit along with teachers who are 31 years of age and above from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
People Force Immigration
Quantum Scholars are proud to partner with People Force Immigration who provide full assistance to teachers requiring sponsorship. Candidates are connected with a UK immigration expert who will be on hand to walk teachers through the process via a free consultation once a teaching position has been secured.
Quantum Scholars is a great opportunity to live and teach in another country to open up new experiences. The schools presented to me were great options that fitted my requests and personality. It’s an excellent service that is very helpful and every question I had was addressed and answered with care. Lots of advising and assistance was given to me during the visa process which was extremely helpful.
The service has been wonderful. Quantum Scholars have been very informative, helpful and accommodating. All questions I had were answered quickly, thoroughly and thoughtfully. The visa process was also very straightforward after meeting with Quantum Scholar’s visa representative.
Quantum Scholars has been very helpful, transparent and efficient and I got a job teaching students that fit my skill set. The process was very straightforward and I would recommend Quantum Scholars. The visa process was also very straightforward and I really appreciated having the help of a UK immigration expert.
I wanted to get experience teaching internationally, yet stay teaching maths. This program gives me an extra layer of support and opportunity to develop my professional skills that I would not have otherwise had. The service has been wonderful. Quantum Scholars made sure I was well-informed and supported throughout the entire process and communication was easy. This is a great way to take a step and try something new, but feel supported along the way.
The advice I received when making a decision to accept my position was extremely honest and helpful. The process of securing a teaching position in England was made so much easier by working with Quantum Scholars. I received honest feedback and was helped every step of the way with advice and answers to every question I had. I am excited to be a part of the program!