Allowing international graduates to start their careers after completing their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in the UK, a new route was opened on 1 Jul 2021. If the qualifications acquired is
Graduate visa, as a part of the points-based immigration system, lasts for 2 years. If international graduates have a PHD or doctoral qualification, the visa will last for 3 years instead.
Some facts about Graduate route
✓ work for all corners of the UK, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
✓ No other requirements on qualifications and skills.
✓ No need to show funds or finance and demonstrate English language ability.
✓ applicants do not need a job ahead visa application.
✓ applicants have flexibility on job nature (only professional sportsperson is not allowed), self-employment and switching jobs; there is also no requirements on minimum salary.
✓ the route is unsponsored, different from Skilled Worker Visa.
✗ Time spent on Graduate visa will not count towards settlement.
✗ If applicants would like to settle, they have to switch to the Skilled Worker Visa, Innovator visa or Representative of overseas Business visa. Our legal services cover these visa applications, and our business consultancy is your only choice to start a business.
- Applicants are in the UK.
- Applicants are holding a valid Tier 4 (General) student visa or Student visa.
- Applicants studied a UK bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree or other eligible course at a Higher Education Provider above with a track of compliance for a minimum period of time with their Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa.
- They have to complete the entire course in the UK as a student (concessions will be given on permitted study abroad programmes or remote study due to COVID-19)
Noted that those who leaves the UK after graduation could lose their eligibility to apply Graduate route!
Visa fee is £700
Applicants also need to pay Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)