Non-EEA nationals are subject to immigration control and must obtain permission to work in the UK prior to seeking or taking up employment.
Certain categories of people do not require work permits to work. These include:
- Commonwealth citizens who have been given leave to enter or remain in the UK on the basis that they have at least one grandparent who was born in the UK (i.e. must hold a UK Ancestry Visa);
- Commonwealth citizens whose parent was a British citizen and who have the Right to Abode in the United Kingdom;
- Persons with indefinite leave to remain in the UK;
- Persons admitted to the UK for a period of at least 12 months as students are entitled to work part-time (up to 20 hours a week or 10 hours a week depending on the type of course undertaken) during term time and full-time during vacations.