What kind of visa do I need to study and telecommute in the U.K. for three months?
December 17, 2012 4:33 AM Subscribe
American going to UK for 3 months, in need some immigration help. Any specialists here? Special snowflake details follow.
posted by Borborygmus to Travel & Transportation around England (5 answers total)
So I work for a multi-national company. I'm also going to school part-time. I've been granted a rare a chance to go to school in the U.K., and my bosses generously gave me permission to study and work from there.
But first, they wanted to run it by some immigration lawyers, who they have a contract with. The lawyers have made things much more difficult than I expected them to be, especially judging from what I read on the U.K. Home Office Web site.
I will be in the U.K. for three months. The U.K. does not require a visa from students studying there less than 6 months, as a student visitor. I am not working for a U.K. company. My paychecks are issued from an American address. The U.K. also allows business visitors, working for overseas companies to stay without a visa for up to 6 months.
The lawyers say I need a Tier 4 visa and I need to reduce my working hours. Maybe you know U.K. immigration law well. Maybe you've done something similar, or know someone who has. What does your experience say on the matter?