Apply for your visa to train to teach in England

How to apply for your visa

If you’re applying for teacher training as a non-UK citizen, you will need a visa or immigration status allowing you to study or work in England.

Most candidates who don’t already have a visa or immigration status allowing them to study or work in England will need to apply for a Student or Skilled Worker visa.

Student visa

Most teacher training courses in England are fee-paying. You will need a Student visa if you train on a fee-paying course. Your Student visa must be sponsored by your teacher training provider.

Skilled Worker visa

Some teacher training courses in England are salaried – this means you work and earn a salary while you train. Currently, places on these courses are very limited. You will need a Skilled Worker visa if you train on a salaried training course. Your Skilled Worker visa must be sponsored by the school employing you.

To apply for your visa, follow these steps

Visit Find postgraduate teacher training(opens in new window) and filter your search results by visa sponsorship.

Email your chosen provider to check they can sponsor you, then apply for your teacher training course.

When you have a confirmed offer of a training place, you’ll be able to apply for your visa.

For a Student visa(opens in new window), you will also need to:

For a Skilled Worker visa(opens in new window), you will also need to:

Salary requirement for a Skilled Worker visa

Non-UK salaried trainee teachers must earn a minimum salary to be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa – this varies by region, as follows:

  • inner London: £25,831

  • outer London: £24,415

  • London fringe: £23,200

  • rest of England: £23,200

Check the region you will be working in with your teacher training provider.

You may be able to train part-time, but your part-time salary must be at least £23,200.

Your partner and children

If your course starts after 1 January 2024, you will not be able to bring your partner and children with you on a Student visa.

You may be able to bring your partner and children with you on a Skilled Worker visa.

How a bursary or scholarship can help with your Student visa application

If you are training to teach physics or languages, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. You can use them in your Student visa application as proof that you have enough money to support yourself.

Check your status

If you’re not sure about your immigration status, you can check if you need a UK visa(opens in new window).

You will not need a visa to train to teach in the UK if you:

You will not need to be sponsored for a Student or Skilled Worker visa if you have a:

Dependents

You will not need to be sponsored for a Student or Skilled Worker visa if you have you have permission to live in the UK as a dependent (usually partner) of someone on a visa. You can work or study without a sponsor for the duration of your partner’s visa.

Refugees and asylum seekers

If you have been granted refugee status, you can apply for teacher training – either salaried or fee-paying – and will usually be eligible for financial support to train to teach on a fee-paying course.

If you are in the process of seeking asylum(opens in new window), you should refer to your immigration bail conditions to see if you have permission to study on a teacher training course.

Learn more about:

Visa fees and other charges

You will usually need to show you have enough money to support yourself in England by providing proof of savings or income. You’ll be guided through this process when you apply for your visa.

Visa fees

You’ll also have to pay visa fees(opens in new window).

Immigration Health Surcharge

You may need to pay for UK healthcare(opens in new window) as part of your immigration application – this is called the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).

However, some students can claim a refund of the IHS if they:

  • are a full-time student in UK higher education
  • have a visa starting on or after 1 January 2021
  • have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued in an EU country
  • do not work in the UK

Learn more about getting an IHS refund(opens in new window).

Contact

If you have general questions about the information on this page, you can email us at teach.inengland@education.gov.uk.

You can also contact UK Visas and Immigration for help(opens in new window).

You may be eligible for personalised support from a teacher training adviser. They can help with your application to a training provider or school.

To check if you’re eligible for an adviser, you can call us on +44 800 389 2500. Calls will be charged at your country’s standard rate. Or you can contact us using the live chat service at the bottom of this page.

We’re available Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm (UK local time) except on bank holidays(opens in new window) in England.

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