Earning Part Time as a PhD Student

OsamaMustafa Posts: 4
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edited 8 November 2023 at 2:13PM in Cutting tax
If I am on a student Visa doing a PhD, and I get an offer to work for a US-based company as a consultant for 20 hours per week with a written agreement, am I allowed to work? If yes than how will be taxes managed?


  • Stubod
    Stubod Posts: 2,134
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    ..this is the motoring forum????
    .."It's everybody's fault but mine...."
  • SiliconChip
    SiliconChip Posts: 1,279
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    Reported so it can be moved to a more appropriate board (probably Cutting Tax). It does make you wonder about the OP's research skills :o
  • lincroft1710
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    Does your visa allow you to work other than doing tasks associated with your course?
    If you are querying your Council Tax band would you please state whether you are in England, Scotland or Wales
  • Jeremy535897
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    There is a 20 hour limit per week for paid work on a student visa, whoever you work for, if you do the work in the UK.

    The tax situation will depend on whether the US based company has a UK base that you work for, and the nature of the work. If you are freelance, it may be that you just treat any income as self employment income, but there is a risk that you are a contractor, and may have to apply the rules in IR35. This is a question best put to the college or university you are based at. 
  • If you receive a stipend (e.g. from UKRI) there may be further restrictions in the numbers of hours you can work without losing your stipend. 
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