International students


If applying to one of KPMG's Graduate programmes in the UK, please be advised that you must have and be able to evidence the right to work in the UK before the start date of your programme. 

KPMG’s ability to make and honour any offer to you will be subject to the UK government immigration rules applicable at the time. Any offers will be made subject to immigration status being confirmed. KPMG welcomes applications from everyone, however there are Government restrictions on who can be sponsored. 

KPMG cannot make any guarantee that you will be eligible for sponsorship and KPMG keeps its approach under review in line with new government guidance as it is published. All guidance is based on UK immigration law that is valid as of 14 March 2024. 

If you are already eligible to work in the UK or you can apply for a visa granting permission to work in the UK independently (for example: dependant visa, ancestry, settled status etc), you may be eligible to apply to one of our Graduate programmes without sponsorship if you can provide valid evidence of this right prior to receiving any offer of employment.  Note that if you have a visa that gives you the right to work in the UK, it must be within your current passport or Biometrics Residence Permit or e-Visa approval notification which allows for the right to work check to be done in line with the applicable right to work legislation at the time. KPMG will not accept visas in passports that are out of date: exemptions to this may apply depending on the visa category.  You can find out more about working visas from Work in the UK - GOV.UK ( 

For EU, EEA, or Swiss nationals in the UK before 31 December 2020.

EU nationals would have needed to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for themselves and any qualifying family members to continue to live, work and study in the UK. The deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.

The Home Office allowed some flexibility for late applications where an individual was unaware of the need to apply and could provide a reasonable excuse for the delay with supporting evidence. Changes have however, been made to the way in which reasonable grounds for late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme are considered.  Please refer to the Home Office website for full details and guidance.  

Irish nationals

Irish citizens do not need permission to enter or remain in the UK – they are able to continue to freely enter, live and work in the UK. After 1 July 2021, Irish citizens can continue to use their passport to prove their right to work. 

Please visit the webpage for further information on the EU settlement scheme:  

Sponsorship under the Skilled Worker category 

If you require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker visa category, KPMG is only able to provide sponsorship (subject to all eligibility criteria being met) for the following graduate programmes:

  • Any graduate programme based in the London office
  • Actuarial (any location) and KPMG Law (Reading office)

KPMG is unable to provide sponsorship to candidates for any other graduate programme as the Home Office’s eligibility criteria will not be met.

There are minimum salary and skills requirements that need to be met to be eligible for a sponsored visa. Full details on restrictions including course completion requirements can be found on the Home Office website. UK Immigration Rules are subject to change with little or no notice. 

Potential sponsorship options are subject to UK immigration policies and any corresponding reviews. KPMG cannot make any guarantee that you will be eligible for sponsorship. KPMG keeps its approach under review in line with new government guidance, as it is published. Please also be aware that should any subsequent changes to the UK immigration rules affect the viability of your application before your start date, we reserve the right to change how we process applications, in line with the new regulations. 

If you are currently being sponsored (or have been sponsored within the last 12 months or less) by a government or international scholarship agency you will need to obtain unconditional written consent from your scholarship agency confirming that they consent for you to remain in or re-enter the UK for an unlimited time. For the avoidance of doubt ‘sponsored’ means supported by an award which covers both fees and living costs. 

Application deadlines

Due to the length of time required to progress through our KPMG recruitment process and to apply for a Skilled Worker visa, we require candidates who need Skilled Worker sponsorship to have accepted their offer at least three months prior to joining their Graduate Programme. 

For our Autumn 2024 intake this is 2nd June 2024.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to progress candidates further through the process if this deadline is not met. 

Academic requirements

We expect everyone who joins us to have achieved certain academic standards. If you’ve studied overseas, you’ll need to have qualifications equivalent to our UK requirements. On your application form, you must state your qualifications as they were awarded to you - there is no need to tell us the UK equivalent, as we will be aware. 

If you would like to apply to a KPMG graduate programme with international qualifications, please use the links below to find out what you may need to include on your application form. 

Qualifications from Europe

Qualifications from outside of Europe

Student visas

If you have a Student visa and are applying to one of our Graduate programmes, you must be able to demonstrate the following: 

  1. Provide sufficient evidence of the course completion date for your degree or Masters. Course completion date is defined by the Home Office as being when you have completed your final teaching contact point, sat your last exams, and submitted your final pieces of work. This must be provided in the form of a letter from your educational institution. 
  2. The course completion date must be before your start date on the KPMG graduate programme. 
  3. That you will be able to work full-time in a permanent position from the programme start date. For our Autumn 2024 intake this is 2nd September 2024.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to progress candidates through the process if these requirements cannot be met. 

Do you have questions?

We realise working and studying overseas is a big decision to make. We’re sure you have questions about our process, so we have answered some of the most obvious ones on our Frequently asked questions page. If there’s something we’ve forgotten, please let us know via the Contact us page, and for any immigration queries relating to your application please email

Immigration rules are subject to change and this information is correct as of 14 March 2024.

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