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Hi, so I'm an American who will be in England on a student visa, studying full-time. Apparently, I can work 20 hrs a week while classes are in session and full-time during school holidays.

I called the Home Office and talked to people there about visa stuff, and they said one would usually be granted permission to enter the country a maximum of one month in advance of when classes start.

But, they didn't know when would I be able to seek/start work. So I was wondering, for anyone in the comm who entered the UK in advance of their course's start date: when were you granted permission to start working? Did it start when you entered the country or did it start on the first day of your course?

Thanks!

(crossposted to brits_americans)
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On March 14th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC), starskin commented:
I'm not sure, really, because I entered the country only a few days before my course started. However, I would *imagine* that your visa is valid from the time you enter the country. If the Home Office didn't know, then I assume that means there's no hard and fast rule expressly forbidding you to work before the start of your program.
And don't forget it's going to take time to actually find, apply and interview for jobs. Maybe that's why they'll let you come over early, to let you set yourself up.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but those are my thoughts on the subject. Good luck! :)
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On March 14th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC), lenorea replied:
They told me it would be at the discretion of the immigration officers when I landed, so I figured I'd just see what the average experience was like. Thanks!
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On March 14th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC), flowerpixie3 commented:
you can most likely start work on the first day that your student visa is valid. of course you will need to find a job which may take a bit of time once you are in the country...
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On March 14th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC), lenorea replied:
Thanks! That would be good. I've found it really easy to find work on my previous stays in London, so I doubt it'll take long.
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On March 14th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC), demurelibertine replied:
I think it all depends on where you are living and what you are willing to do. But I've had a few friends that went over on BUNAC and it took them over a month to find jobs (and this was with locals help). I wouldn't bet on finding a job fast will all the horror stories I've heard - It could happen granted, but you should have extra money in the wings waiting just in case...
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On March 14th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC), demurelibertine replied:
hmmm... *will - with

oops!
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On March 14th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC), lenorea replied:
Yeah, I came over on BUNAC twice and I have to say BUNAC did not help me at all. They made it sound like they do from their brochures and stuff, but it was pretty much up to me. Fortunately, the place I'm at now (I'm still on my 2nd BUNAC visa at the moment & it's about to end) has told me they'd probably take me back when I return, so I'm pretty fortunate in that respect.
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