If you’re a migrant worker or you’re the family member of one, you need to provide evidence of continued employment in the UK.

We understand there’s been uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and your circumstances may have changed since you applied.

If you’re unable to provide the evidence we’ve requested, please read the following information to see what other evidence we can accept.

If you have lost your job

If you’re no longer working, you need to provide evidence showing you’re looking for work which means you’ll still be eligible for student finance.

You can send:

  • letters from the Jobcentre Plus to prove you’re looking for work
  • a copy of your P45 from your last employer
  • a copy of your official letter confirming if you were made redundant

Upload your evidence with a signed and dated cover letter explaining your situation, this will help to ensure you continue to get your funding. Find out how to upload your evidence.

If you have a new job

If you have a new job, you need to provide the following evidence:

  • copies of all your payslips from your new employer
  • a copy of your signed contract of employment or a letter from your new employer
  • a copy of your P45 from your previous employer or a letter from your previous employer confirming your employment end date

Any letters you send us from your previous or current employer must be on company headed paper, signed and dated and must include your employer’s name and job title.

If you’re unable to get a copy of your contract due to COVID-19 restrictions or because you’re self-isolating, we can accept a copy of an email from your employer. This should confirm the reason that you’re unable to provide a signed copy of your contract and include an email signature with your employer’s name and job title.

Upload your evidence with a signed and dated cover letter explaining your situation, this will help to ensure you continue to get your funding. Find out how to upload your evidence.

If you are on furlough

If you’ve been put on furlough you need to provide copies of your payslips. If you’re not getting payslips currently, you can send a letter from your employer to confirm this. The letter should:

  • be on company headed paper
  • be signed and dated by your manager or HR staff
  • include your employer’s name and job title

Upload your evidence with a signed and dated cover letter explaining your situation, this will help to ensure you continue to get your funding. Find out how to upload your evidence.

Unable to provide standard evidence

If you’re unable to provide a signed contract or employer letter due to current COVID-19 restrictions or because you’re self-isolating, we can accept a copy of an email from your employer confirming the reasons they’re unable to provide a valid signature. The email should include an email signature with your employer’s name and job title.

If you’re unable to provide payslips due to COVID-19 restrictions or because you’re self-isolating but are still working as normal, we can accept bank statements for the period in question showing the wages being paid into your bank account.

If none of these options apply to you

You should contact us for more information, call us on 0300 100 0607, or message us on Facebook or Twitter. Our telephone lines are very busy right now, if you do need to call us, the least busy times are between 3pm and 5pm.

Once you have your evidence

Upload your evidence online using the following steps:

  1. Locate the evidence we have requested.
  2. Get a clear and readable digital copy of your evidence. You can take a photograph or scan to do this.
  3. Sign in to your online account.
  4. You’ll be able to upload your documents by clicking the green ‘Upload’ button on the main account summary page.
  5. Upload your evidence and click submit.

You should only upload your evidence once, otherwise it will take us longer to process it.

Alternatively, you can send your evidence to us by post to:

EEA Migrant Worker Team
PO BOX 89
Darlington
DL1 9AZ

Published 17 May 2021
Last updated 11 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated evidence requirements to include employer's name and job title when sending employer letters

  2. First published.

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