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 on or before the start date of your program.

KPMG’s ability to make and honour any offer to you will be subject to the UK government 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:

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

EU nationals will need to apply for the EU settlement scheme for themselves and their families 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 will allow people indefinite time to complete an application for settled status if they have a reasonable excuse for delay.

The Home Office have already published a draft document “Code of practice on preventing illegal working: Civil penalty scheme for employers” for the new code to applicable as a right to work check from 1 July 2021. This draft policy further suggests that EEA and Swiss nationals will have to provide proof of their right to work and immigration status from 1 July 2021, including a status under the EU settlement scheme, the immigration rules or evidence of a pending application. Alongside this evidence a positive verification notice will need to be obtained via the Home Office employers checking service which KPMG’s Immigration Team will complete.

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, Irish citizens can continue to use their passport to prove their right to work.

Please visit the gov.uk webpage for further information on the EU settlement scheme: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families 

  • UK ancestry visa.
  • Those who hold the right to reside in the UK indefinitely e.g. Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain, Partners who have no working restrictions on their visa – Spouse visa, 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 require sponsorship, only some of our Graduate programmes in certain locations can support all the conditions set out by the Home Office Code of Practice for Skilled Worker visa sponsorship. Unfortunately, we are unable to process applications for candidates who require visa sponsorship for the following programmes:

  • Tax – Aberdeen
  • Tax – Birmingham
  • Tax – Bristol
  • Tax – Edinburgh
  • Tax – Glasgow
  • Tax – Leeds
  • Tax – Liverpool
  • Tax – Manchester
  • Tax – Newcastle
  • Tax – Nottingham

Potential sponsorship options outside of and including those listed are subject to UK immigration policies and any corresponding reviews. 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. 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.

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 Spring 2022 intake this is 1st January 2022, and for our Autumn 2022 intake this is 1st June 2022.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to progress candidates further through the process if this deadline is unlikely to be 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 need to include on your application form.

European Qualifications

Non-European Qualifications

If you have a Student visa and our applying to one of our Graduate programmes, you must also be able to provide sufficient evidence (i.e. a letter from your educational institution) that your degree or master’s is - or is expected to be - completely finished, including all course work, before the Graduate programme start date and that you will be able to work full-time from the programme start date. For our Spring 2022 intake this is 1st April 2022, and for our Autumn 2022 intake this is 1st September 2022. 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.

Immigration rules are subject to change and this information is correct as at September 2021.

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