This route allows international graduates to start their careers after completing their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in the UK.
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. This route is unsponsored, and you do not need to show funds, finance or demonstrate English language ability.
A partner and dependent children can apply to come to the UK on Graduate visa too. However, this route does not lead to settlement. People who want to stay beyond the period permitted will have to switch to another immigration route which leads to settlement, for example Innovator visa and Skilled Worker visa.
You must satisfy the following requirements when you apply the Graduate visa:
Please note that those who leave the UK after graduating from their bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree or other eligible course, could lose the eligibility to apply Graduate route.
Visa fee: £715 for the main applicant
Applicants also need to pay Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). This is usually £624 for each year you’ll be in the UK.
If you are granted Graduate visa, you can:
If your partner and children joined you as dependants on your current Student route in the UK, they can apply for permission to stay as dependants on your Graduate visa. No new dependants are permitted, except your child who was born in the UK during your current Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa. If their application is successful, their visa will end on the same date as yours.