It has come to our attention recently that the ongoing Brexit situation is causing concern for some teachers who are considering teaching in England. Please rest assured that European teachers are highly valued for their contribution to our children’s education.
Hear Alex Russell, CEO of the Bourne Education Trust, explain further –
WHAT ARE THE VISA OPTIONS FOR CANADIANS LOOKING TO TEACH IN THE UK?
THE YOUTH MOBILITY SCHEME
The vast majority of Canadian teachers who move to the UK with Uteach enter through the Youth Mobility Scheme.
The scheme allows young people from Canada to enter the UK under “working holiday” status for up to two years.
The eligibility requirements for this visa specify that you must:
- Be under the age of 31 at the time of your application
- Hold a passport from Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand or Monaco
- Have £1,800 (approximately jQuery3,320 CAD) available in your bank account three months prior to date of travel
TIER 2 SKILLED WORKER VISA
Due to the critical shortage of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry teachers in the UK, teachers of these subjects are recognised as “skilled workers,” and, as such, are able to apply for a Tier 2 Skilled Worker visa if a school in the UK is willing to provide them with a certificate of sponsorship.
For more information on this visa, please click here.
UK ANCESTRY VISA
You may be eligible to teach in the UK through a UK ancestry visa if both of the below conditions apply to you:
- You are a Commonwealth citizen (this includes Canada)
- At least one of your grandparents was born in the UK
To find out more about the UK ancestry visa, please visit the UK Border Agency’s website.
If you are fortunate enough to hold Canadian and UK dual citizenship, you do not need to apply for a visa to teach in the UK.
Teachers who hold dual citizenship between Canada and a European Union (EU) country can teach in the UK without having to apply for a visa providing that they enter the UK using their European Economic Area (EEA) passport.
Please read this article for full details on dual citizenships.
Teacher Shortage in the UK
Teacher shortages at ‘crisis’ point as pupil numbers set to soar, MPs warn – Source (Independent, February 2016)
Science teacher shortage spreads, forcing government to relax immigration restrictions – Source (Independent, January, 2017)
UK Maths and Physics teacher crisis – Source (Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships, 2017)
Placing quality teachers in quality school – Top 10 School Locations