If you are an international student from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and want to become an elected student officer (sabbatical) you will need to check out how this might affect your immigration status. You may need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa to be able to do this.
If you are a student from the EEA you will be able to start work as a sabbatical officer without needing any form of permission unless you are from Croatia.
Is it difficult to get a visa to become a sabbatical officer?
No. If you currently hold a Tier 4 (student) visa you will be able to start the job using this visa and can continue to work full time as a sabbatical if it covers the length of your post. If it is due to expire before the end of your term of office you would need to apply for a visa. You may also be here in another visa category which allows you to study and work such as dependant or Tier 5 Youth Mobility. You could potentially use this visa to become a sabbatical officer.
What should I do if I want to find out more about more options to stay in the UK?
We strongly recommend you have a 1-1 with one of our International Student Advisers in the Student Advice Centre.
What are the requirements to get a visa?
You will need a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the University which will be arranged for you by the Student Advice Centre. You will also need to show you have funds of £2030 in your bank account for 28 days at the time of your application and an additional £1360 per dependant. In addition, if you have been government funded you will need a letter of unconditional consent for you to remain in the UK.
What help will I get with the visa?
Your visa application will be checked by our International Student Adviser and then sent to UK Visas and Immigration.
Will I be allowed to do any other work?
Yes. You will be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. However, we think it is highly unlikely that you will have time to do this given the full time nature of the sabbatical post.