Get an international relocation payment

Applications for the international relocation payment (IRP) are now closed. You can express your interest in the IRP by emailing us at IRP.ExpressInterest@education.gov.uk. We'll email you when applications reopen in autumn 2024.

Changes to eligibility and payment

Trainees in languages or physics who train to teach in the 2024 to 2025 academic year are no longer eligible for the IRP. This applies to all trainees starting courses from 1 July 2024 onwards. Trainees in languages or physics are still eligible to get a bursary or apply for a scholarship worth up to £30,000.

Payments to teachers applying from September 2024 will now be split into two £5,000 payments rather than given as a single £10,000 sum. Teachers can apply for the first payment at the start of their first year of employment and the second payment at the start of their second year of employment.

If you are a teacher considering moving to England to teach languages or physics, you could be eligible for financial help from the UK government worth £10,000.

The international relocation payment (IRP) is designed to cover some of the costs of moving to England, including:

  • the costs of visas

  • the immigration health surcharge

  • other relocation expenses

The IRP is a grant – you will not have to pay this money back. If you are eligible, you can only receive the IRP once.

Learn more about teaching in England if you trained outside the UK.

Criteria for teachers

To be eligible for the international relocation payment (IRP), you must be a teacher who meets all 3 of the following requirements.

If your teaching job starts after 1 September 2024, please keep checking this page for updates to the eligibility criteria, which we’ll publish in due course.

1. Teaching subject for teachers

You must be employed by and in an English state secondary school on a contract of employment beginning in one of the following academic years:

  • the 2023 to 2024 academic year (which usually runs from 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2024)

  • the 2024 to 2025 academic year (which usually runs from 1 September 2024 to 31 August 2025)

Your contract must last at least one year and you must be working as:

  • a physics teacher

  • a general or combined science teacher – you must teach the physics element of these subjects

  • a language teacher – any language taught in an English state school is eligible, except English

If you are employed to teach more than one subject, then physics, general or combined science or a language or languages must make up at least 50% of your time in the classroom. Your school can tell you how much of your time is allocated to teaching eligible subjects. The Department for Education will then validate this with the school as part of the application process.

Examples of eligible teaching jobs include:

  • 50% modern foreign languages (for example, French, Spanish or German) and 50% another subject (for example, history)

  • 50% modern foreign languages (for example, French, Spanish or German) and 50% English language

  • 50% physics and 50% maths

  • 50% general or combined science (must include the physics element) and 50% maths

Examples of eligible languages commonly taught in English state secondary schools include:

  • Ancient languages (such as Latin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

State schools are schools funded by the UK government. Secondary schools teach children aged 11 to 16 or 11 to 18. You will not be eligible if you teach in a school for pupils aged 16 to 18 only.

Ongoing or permanent contracts lasting longer than 1 year are also eligible.

Check the type and age range of the school(opens in new window) where you’ll be teaching. You can also find out about the different types of state school in England(opens in new window).

2. Type of visa for teachers

You must come to England on one of the visas listed here. Most teachers will need a Skilled Worker visa.

For the following visas, you must have applied for your visa from outside the UK:

For the following Ukrainian and Afghan visas, you can apply for your visa from within or from outside the UK:

3. Date of arrival for teachers

You must not have spent more than 90 days in the UK in the 12 months previous to the start of the job for which you are relocating and you must not move to the UK more than 3 months before that start.

If you are in any doubt about meeting the 3-month requirement, please email us for advice before planning your move.

What happens if I spend time in the UK more than 3 months before the start of my job?

You will not be eligible for the IRP if you have spent more than 90 days in the UK in the 12 months preceding the start of your teaching job, even if you return home before taking up your post (see example 1).

However, you will remain eligible for the IRP if:

  • you have spent short periods of time staying in the UK more than 3 months before the start of your job, where these periods of time do not add up to more than 90 days in total (see example 2)

  • you have spent more than 90 days in the UK at any time before the 12 months preceding the start of your teaching job (see example 3)

Example 1:

You arrive in the UK in September 2023 on a Student visa for a course of study at a UK university. You complete your course and return home in July 2024. You return to the UK to take up an eligible teaching job in September 2024.

You will not be eligible for the IRP, because you have spent more than 90 days in the UK in the 12 months preceding the start of your teaching job.

Example 2:

You travel to attend an interview for an eligible teaching job in the UK under a Standard Visitor visa in May 2024. The visit lasts 2 days and you return home, and learn you have been successful in your application. The role begins in September 2024. You apply for a Skilled Worker visa in June 2024, 3 months before your job begins. You move to the UK in July 2024.

You will be eligible for the IRP, because you have spent less than 90 days in the UK in the previous 12 months and have moved to the UK less than 3 months before the start of your teaching job.

Example 3:

You study in the UK on a Student visa for three years from September 2019 to July 2022, before returning home. You apply for an eligible teaching job in England starting in September 2024. You apply for a Skilled Worker visa in June 2024, 3 months before the start of your job. You move to the UK in July 2024.

You will be eligible for the IRP because you have spent less than 90 days in the UK in the previous 12 months and have moved to the UK less than 3 months before the start of your job.

Non-eligibility

You will not be eligible for the international relocation payment if you are:

  • a UK citizen, including citizens of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

  • an Irish citizen

  • a non-UK citizen who moved to England more than 3 months before the start of your job

  • a non-UK citizen who has spent more than 90 days in the UK in the 12 months previous to the start of your job

  • in England on a dependant visa linked to your partner or parent’s visa

  • teaching only English language

  • employed on a contract lasting less than one year

  • employed by a recruitment agency – an agency can find and place you in a school, but your contract must be with the school and your salary must be paid directly to you by the school, not by the recruitment agency

  • teaching in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

How to apply for the international relocation payment (IRP)

Applications for the international relocation payment (IRP) are now closed. You can express your interest in the IRP by emailing us at IRP.ExpressInterest@education.gov.uk. We’ll email you when applications reopen in autumn 2024.

You’ll need to have started your teaching job to apply for the IRP. Learn more about finding a job and applying for your visa.

Eligible applicants who apply for the IRP after 1 September 2024 will receive two £5,000 payments over 2 years, as long as they remain eligible. Teachers will be able to apply for the first payment at the start of their first year teaching in England and the second payment at the start of their second year. We’ll publish further details about how these split payments will be made to teachers on this page in due course.

General information about the international relocation payment

Protect yourself from fraud

You do not need to pay an agent or any other third party to complete your application. Any agency or person contacting you offering to apply for the international relocation payment on your behalf is likely to be fraudulent. Avoid and report internet scams and phishing(opens in new window).

Using the international relocation payment (IRP) to support your visa application

You will not be able to use eligibility for the IRP in your visa application as proof that you have enough money to support yourself.

Payment

The international relocation payment (IRP) cannot be paid to you in advance, before you take up your teaching job. This is because eligibility requirement checks can only be completed after you’ve arrived in England.

In order to be paid the IRP, you must have a UK bank account in your name (this can be digital). The IRP cannot be paid into a building society account.

You must also have a UK National Insurance number(opens in new window). You can apply for this once you arrive in England, as long as your visa gives you the right to work and you have a confirmed job.

If you are eligible, you should receive a payment from the Department for Education shortly after the end of the term of employment as a teacher in which you apply. You’ll be paid as and when your eligibility requirements have been checked – we cannot guarantee an exact payment date.

You will not have to justify any expenses or give us receipts or any other evidence of the relocation costs you have incurred.

If your details, such as your address, change after you have applied, please inform us as soon as possible to avoid any delay to your payment.

The Department for Education reserves the right to withhold payment if you no longer meet eligibility requirements or we discover an error.

Tax

The Department for Education will pay the UK tax owed on the IRP to ensure you receive the full £10,000, as long as your overall earnings do not exceed £50,270 in the year you receive the IRP. You may have to pay higher rate UK Income Tax(opens in new window) on any earnings which take you over £50,270.

Part-time teachers

Part-time teachers will receive the international relocation payment in full, as long as they meet all the eligibility criteria.

Other types of financial support from the UK government

Teachers who meet the eligibility requirements can also apply for the following payments in addition to the international relocation payment (IRP):

However, you should be aware that you can only be eligible for the IRP once, and you cannot receive both the levelling up premium payment and the early career payment in the same year.

This means that teachers in their first year of employment in England could receive either the IRP and the levelling up premium payment, or the IRP and the early career payment.

Contact us

For general enquiries about the IRP, please email us at teach.inengland@education.gov.uk.

Please do not send us your CV or enquiries about training places or teaching jobs, as the Department for Education does not directly run training courses or employ teachers.

Find out more about working as a teacher in England.