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What is UK’s international relocation payment, and do you qualify?


The United Kingdom is running a pilot scheme in the academic year of 2023-2024, to bring more teachers into the country.

The international relocation payment (IRP) is a single payment of £10,000 which will be available to eligible non-UK trainees and teachers of languages and physics.

Eligible teachers must have a degree, recognised teacher-training qualifications, and at least a year’s experience and they need to speak English to the undergraduate level.

Such professionals are eligible for visas to work in Britain if they have a job offer and earn a minimum salary that depends on their role, usually around GBP 27,000 per annum.

What is covered?



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  1. costs of visas

  2. immigration health surcharge

  3. other relocation expenses

It will be paid around the end of the teacher’s or trainee’s first term.

The scheme will open to applications in autumn 2023.

To be eligible, you must:

  1. be coming to England to work or train in the 2023 to 2024 academic year

  2. not be already living in the UK

The scheme will work differently for fee-paying trainees, salaried trainees and teachers.

1. Trainees on fee-paying courses Trainees on fee-paying courses will not need to apply for the IRP. Training providers will pay the IRP directly to these trainees along with any bursaries they are entitled to.

Fee-paying trainees will receive the IRP around the end of their first term.

2. Salaried trainees Trainees on salaried courses will need to apply for the IRP themselves. They can apply to DfE for the IRP from autumn 2023, once they have arrived in the UK and taken up their training place.

If their application is successful, DfE will pay the IRP to eligible salaried trainees around the end of their first term.

3. Teachers Teachers will need to apply to DfE for the IRP from autumn 2023, once they have arrived in the UK and started their teaching job.

If their application is successful, DfE will pay the IRP to eligible teachers around the end of their first term.

Employment and immigration checks Before any payments are released DfE will: 1. work with the Home Office to check all visa and immigration requirements 2. contact the employing school of non-UK teachers or salaried trainees to check their:

  1. employment status

  2. teaching subject

Last week, The Times reported that the UK government was looking to hire hundreds of maths, science and language teachers this year, from countries such as India and Nigeria.

UK officials reportedly expect between 300 and 400 teachers to get the IRPs in the coming academic year and if it proves a success in attracting overseas staff, the scheme could be extended to other subjects.

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