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Check the sticker in your passport.
If you have entered the UK on a Tier 4 student visa for more than 6 months and your passport sticker says "Work (and any changes) must be authorised" or "Able to work as authorised by the Secretary of State" or "Restricted work in term-time", you are allowed to work.
A restriction means that you can work without obtaining permission for a restricted number of hours a week during term-time. The number of hours you can work during term-time varies depending on whether you are studying at degree or below degree level:
If your passport sticker or identity card says "No work", you must not work in the UK. This would be a breach of your immigration conditions, which is a criminal offence.
If you have entered the UK as a "Student Visitor" you are not allowed to work in the UK (paid or unpaid) or do any work placement as part of your course.
If you are uncertain of the meaning of the statement placed in your passport regarding permission to work, please check when you arrive in Cardiff with the International Student Advisory Team in the Student Support Centre www.cardiff.ac.uk/studentsupport
For more information about working during your studies see:
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Guide for International Students 2013
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