The UK government have announced they plan to open a new immigration route which will allow international students to work for two years after completing their programme of studies. Please note: Due to the limited information available at this time, we are unable to confirm requirements for eligibility under this route. We will update as and when further clarifications become available. 

Key features announced so far:

  • The route will be open to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Institution with a track record of compliance (GCU is a Higher Education Institution with a track record of compliance).
  • It is expected that students entering the UK in the 2020-21 academic year intake will be eligible for this route. 
  • Successful applicants on this route will be able to stay and work (in any sector or at any level), or look for work, in the UK for a maximum period of two years. The visa is not extendable however graduates will be able to switch into skilled work once they have found a suitable job
  • The route will require an in-country application. A (so far unspecified) application fee and an Immigration Health Surcharge payment will be applicable. Applicants will be subject to identity, criminality and security checks.

UKCISA: Return of Post-study work

UK Government accouncement