The UK Government as part of its commitment to attract the brightest and the best students to the UK has set out a new route to promote this and remain competitive internationally. The graduate immigration route opened to international students on 01 July 2021, and is available to those who complete an undergraduate degree or above.
Those who wish to extend their stay in the United Kingdom via the Graduate Post Study Visa route, must:
The type of course undertaken, its duration and the education provider will also need to meet specific requirements to be recognized as a valid pathway to obtain the post-study visa.
General UK Degrees, from Bachelors to PhDs are all eligible courses under the Graduate Post Study Visa route. Additionally recognized courses are:
Only partners and children will be considered as dependants under the graduate route.
If your partner and children joined you in the UK as ‘dependents’ on your current Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa, they can apply to stay as dependants as on your Graduate visa.
If your child was born in the UK during your current Student or Tier 4 (General) student visa, they can also apply.
If their application is successful, their visa will end on the same date as yours
You can apply to the Graduate route once your university has sent you your final course results, but not before this. Your university also needs to confirm you have successfully completed your course before your application is considered. You do not have to wait until you have graduated to apply. You must be in the UK when you apply.
Those who apply from outside of the UK will be rejected and refused entry to the UK and could lose their eligibility to apply for the Graduate route as a whole. In addition, application fees may not be refunded.
You should not leave the UK or Common Travel Area whilst you are waiting for a decision on your application. Doing so may affect your eligibility for the Graduate route and result in you being unable to re-enter the UK.
If your visa expires after you have applied to the Graduate route, you will be permitted to remain in the UK whilst your application is being considered.
From the Graduate route, you may be able to switch to the Skilled Worker route if you meet the relevant requirements, which allows you to stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. It is for a maximum of five years, and contributes to settlement rights – meaning you may be able to apply to live permanently in the UK. The Graduate route does not count towards settlement rights. To be eligible for the Skilled Worker route, you must demonstrate:
Find out more information on the Skilled Worker Route.
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