Graduate ‘Post Study Work’ visa
The Graduate visa, officially called the Graduate Immigration Route, enables international students who have studied in the UK to remain for two further years (or three for those who have completed a PhD degree or other doctoral qualification). The route opened to applicants on 1 July 2021.
Graduate route visa: Main requirements
In order to qualify for a Graduate route visa, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:
- they have successfully completed a UK degree or another qualifying course of study;
- their sponsor was a Higher Education Provider with a track record of success;
- they have completed a minimum period of study in the UK (at least 12 months for courses of more than 12 months and full time for courses of less than 12 months);
- they have permission under Student route/Tier 4 permission at the time of the application; and
- they do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
A sponsor is not needed for this route.
Length and conditions of stay in the UK
Permission to stay will be granted for two years, unless the applicant has completed a PhD degree or other doctoral qualification, in which case permission will be granted for three years.
Successful applicants can do any work, including on an employed and self-employed basis, except working as a professional sportsperson or coach.
The study condition states that applicants cannot study any course which could be sponsored under the Student route.
This route does not lead to settlement but applicants can switch into the Skilled Worker and numerous other routes.
Graduate route visa applications: How we can help
It is essential that applications submitted to the Home Office are prepared thoroughly and carefully.
We are experienced in preparing UK visa applications to ensure a successful outcome and will provide expert guidance and assistance to you throughout the process.
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