The Graduate route offers international students the opportunity to stay and work in the UK for up to 2 years (or 3 years for doctoral students) after completing their studies. This route allows graduates to gain valuable work experience, explore job opportunities and contribute to the UK’s workforce and economy.
Graduate visa holders are able to undertake work at any skill level and there are no minimum salary requirements. Technically, there is no requirement for graduate visa holders to sign a fixed-term contract or a permanent contract. What is important is that if the graduate visa holder does not obtain some other form of work permit, then the employment relationship will terminate at the end of the visa period. Right-to-work checks should be carried out in the usual way before commencing work.
While the graduate route is not extendable, visa holders can switch from this route to the Skilled Worker route at any stage, provided they meet the relevant requirements. If an individual on the graduate route secures a skilled job offer from an employer that holds a valid sponsor license, they can apply for a Skilled Worker visa. This visa also grants the individual the ability to work in the UK and to bring family members.
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