The new Graduate visa route, introduced on 1 July 2021, has opened opportunities for international students and UK employers.
Those that have completed a qualifying course from a recognised UK university may consider applying for status under the Graduate visa to begin their career in the UK. This route allows international students who have been awarded a degree from a UK university to remain in the UK to work, or look for work, for at least two years. This work can be in any sector and at any skill level, without the need to meet a minimum salary requirement. UK employers also benefit from the newly introduced route as they are now able to attract and hire the brightest graduates and talent from overseas.
Do you qualify for the graduate visa?
In order to be eligible to apply for the graduate visa the following applies:
- You must currently hold a Student visa or a Tier 4 (General) Student visa;
- You must have successfully completed either an undergraduate degree, Master’s degree, Post-graduate degree or another eligible course from a recognised UK university; and
- You must currently be in the UK.
How long can you stay in the UK?
If you make a successful application under the Graduate route, you will be able to stay in the UK for a period of 2 years. If you have completed a post-graduate qualification, such as a PhD or other doctoral qualification, you will be able to stay in the UK for 3 years. Please note that you will be unable to extend your graduate visa, however, you may be able to switch into a different immigration route at that time.
Do you require a sponsor to work in the UK under this route?
If your application is successful, you will be able to work in the UK, including voluntary work or self-employment, without the need for sponsorship. Please note that work as a professional sportsperson is not permitted under this route.
For more information on the application process, please refer to our previous blog.
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