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Before you even think of planning your trip to teach in the U.K you need to examine your eligibility to work there. You'll need a valid visa or suitable passport to start work so the sooner you can identify your eligibility the better!

Here are some of the most common visa categories that we come across:


Typical Visas:

  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa - the '2 year working holiday visa'
    • If you have an Australian passport, if you are under 31 and have the equivalent of £1890 ($3500) in your account on the date that you apply then you are eligible!
    • These visas take about 3-4 weeks to process and you can only begin the application process within 3 months of your intended arrival date
    • We can walk you through the entire process!


  • Ancestry Visa - for those that have grandparent(s) born in the U.K
    • You'll need relevant birth certificates & marriage certificates to show your lineage to the respective grandparent
    • If you don't have these (or if they're too tattered & fragile to send away) then simply visit the General Register Office (the UK version of Births, Deaths & Marriages) and you can purchase brand new certificates for a small fee


  • 'Join in the UK' or 'Remain in the UK' - if you are travelling with somebody who has access to any of the above visas (with the excpetion of the Tier 5)
    • Your travelling partner must already have their visa/passport back before you can apply for yours
    • Suitable for those teachers with no other eligibility to a visa category



  • UK Passport
  • EU Passport - contact the relevant High Commission in Australia


If you have any general questions about the visas please contact us and we'd be happy to help out. Specific advice relating to visas should be obtained from the UK Visa & Immigration Office.


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