How do I qualify for a Graduate visa?

11 Nov 2022, 36 mins ago

Have you recently completed your undergraduate studies and now thinking of studying for a postgraduate degree in the UK?

You may need to apply for a Graduate visa which will allow you to stay in the UK for 2 years after completing your postgraduate course. If you are studying for a PhD or other doctoral qualification, your stay will be extended to 3 years after your course completion.

In our video Lina Kamenskikh, a Paralegal in Gherson’s immigration team, talks through the Graduate visa option.

Your eligibility for a Graduate Visa will depend on whether you are currently in the UK, hold a Student visa from your previous studies, and have successfully completed your UK undergraduate degree. You will also need to make sure that the university where you studied for your undergraduate degree has notified the Home Office that you successfully completed the course.

Unfortunately, a Graduate Visa cannot be extended; however, you may switch to a different type of visa depending on your circumstances, such as a Skilled Worker Visa.

Permitted and restricted activities for Graduates

Once you hold a Graduate visa you will be able to work in most jobs, including being self-employed, and travel to and from the UK. In addition, if your partner and children have previously joined you on your current Student Visa, they can continue living with you under your new Graduate visa. However, please be aware that you cannot claim most benefits, such as public funds, or work as a professional sportsperson.

Application process

If you are looking to make an application you can do so online. You need to apply before your current Student Visa expires. Usually, you can make an application as soon as your university has notified you that you successfully completed your course. This means that you can apply for a Graduate visa before you attend your graduation, and before you receive an official certificate. The usual timeframe for this type of application is 8 weeks from the date of your online application. The date when your application is approved is the date your visa starts.

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How Gherson can assist

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