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How To Apply for Your UK Working Visa

Want to know what your options are when applying for a visa to teach in the UK? We've got you covered! See what you are eligible to apply for below.

So that idea of teaching in England – that same idea that has been in your head since 2nd year uni – is starting to become a bit more realistic. You’re done your research on UK teaching agencies (and of course ended up with the single busiest agency for supply work in London and the largest education staffing business in the UK) but are now stuck on what visa you need. For the uninitiated it is a difficult process; five different tiers, certain exclusions & restrictions and the customer service is terrible. I know – I’ve used them before!

During your initial chat with Protocol Education we can identify what type of visa you will be eligible for. Generally teachers are eligible for 4 avenues to gain access to work in the UK:

1) Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa (working holiday visa)

The most common (as it is the one most people are eligible for!) Here’s the lowdown:

  • You MUST be under 31 when you apply
  • You MUST have approx. $4000 in your bank account when you apply
  • You can only start your visa within 3 months of your application date
  • Lasts for ONLY 2 years

You apply online and go to your nearest visa centre (generally in your nearest capital city) to get fingerprints scanned and then, 3-4 weeks later, your passport & visa are back and you can book your flights to the UK.

Want to know more? Visit

2) Ancestry Visa

If you’re lucky enough to have a grandparent(s) born in the UK (or Ireland before 1919) then you can get this visa!

  • You MUST be able to prove your link to the respective grandparent (birth certificates, marriage certificates etc)
  • You can only start your visa within 3 months of your application date
  • Lasts for 5 years but it can be renewed!

Think you’re eligible? Check out Want to purchase birth certificates to prove your lineage? Go to

3) European Union (EU) Passport

Were you (or either parent) born in a country that is part of the European Union? Think Italy, Germany, Spain France etc. For a list of eligible countries visit

But act fast – some EU passports can take up to 12 months to process!

4) British Passport

The golden ticket! Unrestricted work access, no need to apply for a separate visa and, well, a sense of being British!

The same applies for the British Passport as it does for the EU Passport; you or a parent needs to have been born in the UK to apply for this.

Eligible and want to apply? Check out


There are other categories however not all teachers are eligible. For a definitive list of visa categories please visit

Keen to get your visa and get the ball rolling on your plans to teach in the UK? Whether you’re after casual teaching work in London or full time teaching positions across England we’re here to help! Contact the Aussie team on 1800 246 436, email us at or get in touch with us on Facebook!

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