International students

Graduate

If applying to one of KPMG's Graduate programmes in the UK, please be advised that you must have the right to work in the UK. We will check this before we make any offer.

The UK government is introducing new immigration rules which will be effective from 2021. KPMG’s ability to make and honour any offer to you will be subject to these new immigration rules. Any offers will be made subject to immigration status being confirmed. KPMG cannot make any guarantee that you will be eligible for sponsorship and KPMG will be keeping its approach under review in line with new government guidance, as it becomes available.

If you meet one of the conditions below then we expect that you would be eligible to apply to one of our Graduate programmes without sponsorship:

  • EU/EEA nationals – please note that you must be living in the UK by 31st December 2020 (the end of the transition period) in order to retain the right to work in the UK. EU/EEA nationals arriving in the UK from 01st January 2021 will need to apply under the new immigration system to work here.
  • UK ancestry visa.
  • Those who hold the right to reside in the UK indefinitely e.g. Indefinite Leave to Remain, Partners who have no working restrictions on their visa – Spouse visa, EEA2 Residence Card as the Spouse of an EEA national, Points Based System Dependents, Right of abode with no working restrictions.

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.

If you are a current Tier 4 (General) visa holder who meets the following requirements, we expect that you will likely be able to apply for the new Graduate visa, subject to new UK immigration rules being confirmed. We anticipate that your application must be made while you are in the UK. Please ensure any plans you make reflect this fact. Additionally, we expect that you must meet all the following requirements when you apply (however these are subject to review as part of the new UK immigration rules and KPMG will be keeping its approach under review in line with new government guidance, as it becomes available):

  • You have:
    • completed, or be applying no more than 3 months before the expected completion date for a course leading to a UK recognised bachelor's or master's degree (not an equivalent qualification); or
    • completed, or be applying no more than 3 months before the expected completion date for a course leading to a UK Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Diploma of Education (not an equivalent qualification); or
    • a minimum of 12 months study in the UK towards a UK PhD.
  • You studied for the course at a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or which holds a sponsor licence under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.
  • You studied the course during your last grant of leave or a period of continuous leave which includes your last grant of leave.
  • Your periods of UK study and/or research towards the course were undertaken while you had entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK that was not subject to a restriction preventing you from undertaking that course of study and/or research.
  • If the institution you studied at is removed from the Tier 4 Sponsor Register, your qualification must not have been obtained on or after the date of removal from the Sponsor Register.

Potential sponsorship options outside of and including the Graduate visa are still being reviewed as part of new UK immigration rules which will be effective from 2021. KPMG cannot make any guarantee that you will be eligible for sponsorship and KPMG will be keeping its approach under review in line with new government guidance, as it becomes available.

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 need to include on your application form.

European Qualifications

Non-European Qualifications

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.

Immigration rules are subject to change and this information is correct as at September 2020.

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