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Graduate Route (not yet launched)

UK Government have announced plans to re-introduce the graduate visa route for international students, but this has not been introduced yet and so you cannot apply for it currently. At present the information we have around this is limited, however we do know that the UK Government plan for it to be live by the summer of 2021.

As soon as the Government releases more information, we will share this it on this page.

Please note, at this point, this Graduate Immigration Route visa route has not been written into any Home Office guidance and therefore we would be unable to confirm exactly if or when this will be introduced, or if you will be eligible for it.

Please see the UK Graduate Immigration Route Fact sheet released by the Home Office which may answer some questions you have on this at this stage: 

 In the meantime, please have a look at our webpage on the Tier 2 visa if you are considering employment in UK after your studies. 

Updated on 16.06.20: In view of the coronavirus pandemic, UKVI published new guidance (paragraph 3.22 - 3.25) which states that if a new student starts a course on 'blended' learning or distance learning, they will be eligible to apply for the graduate route as long as they physically arrive in the UK before 6 April 2021, and have a valid visa when the scheme is launched (in the summer of 2021).

According to UKCISA, some key features of the route include:

  • It will be open to international students who have successfully completed a course of study at undergraduate (RQF 6) level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance, and who have a valid and extant student visa at the time of application;
  • The application process will be simple. There will be an application fee and applicants will pay the Immigration Health Surcharge;
  • Applicants will be subject to identity, criminality and security checks;
  • The leave period granted will be two years and will be non-extendable. Settlement rights will not be accrued;
  • Individuals will be able to work, or look for work in any sector, at any level;
  • Individuals will be able to switch into the skilled work route if they meet the requirements

History of the policy clarification:

On 13 September 2019, UKCISA announced they have received the following information from the Home Office:

  • Any international student who will complete their course in or after summer of 2021 will be eligible to apply for the new 2 year Graduate route.
  • The Graduate route will not be open to those who have completed their studies or are due to complete their studies in summer of 2020

On 4 October 2019, the Home Office published a Fact Sheet which confirms that the plan is that:

  • Students will need to apply for this visa from within the UK
  • This 2-year period will not count towards settlement in the UK
  • Students who start their course in the 2020/2021 academic year should benefit from this route.

You may also wish to watch the Video published on the Home Office twitter account which provides further information. 

Please contact a VISA Advisor on if you require further assistance.