Skilled worker or GAE
The main visa option for you will be Skilled worker Visa, where the minimum annual salary fro Band 5 Pharmacy pre-reg students needs to be £20,480 and 70% of the going rate for the Pharmacy occupation code (due to be revised for 2021).
Current salary rates for the Pharmacy occupation code are £23,023 in England, £23,597 in Scotland, £23,023 in Wales and £22,795 in Northern Ireland
If you are not able to find a Pre-registration position with a Skilled worker sponsor that meets the salary requirements for a Skilled Worker Visa it may be possible for you to apply for a T5 Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) instead. Please contact an International Student Advisor in The Hub to find out if you are eligible for Tier 5 GAE sponsorship to do your pre-reg placement.
T5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa
Alternatively you may be able to apply for the T5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa. This visa is only available to 18-30 year olds of certain nationalities but if you are eligible to apply it will give you permission to work full-time in the UK for 2 years. You will not need to be sponsored by your employer for this visa. See the T5 Temporary Work webpage for further details.
If you think getting a visa for your pre-reg year will be a problem for you please book an appointment to see an International Student Adviser in The Hub.
Graduate Work Visa
On 11 September 2019, the Home Office announced that there will be a new Graduate immigration route available from summer 2021, similar to the previous Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) scheme which ended in April 2012. This route will provide international students with the opportunity to stay in the UK for a period of 2 years to live and work, or to look for work, after they graduate.
The final criteria for this Graduate Work Visa has not yet been released, and we cannot give more specific advice about this route at the time of writing however, for Pharmacy student’s who will complete a their degree course (MSc OSPAP, BSc or MPharm) summer 2021 or after, it is assumed you could also utilise this route for your pre-registration position.