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GRADUATE VISA

GRADUATE VISA

The Graduate Visa route will allow international students who have completed a UK degree to stay in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies.

The Graduate Immigration Route will enable international students to work at any skill level, and to switch into work routes if they find a suitable job.  The Graduate Visa route will open for new applications in the summer of 2021.

Requirements for the Graduate Immigration Route

The Graduate Immigration Route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Student visa or Tier 4 (General) Student visa at the time of application.

Any student who successfully completes their degree-level course at a qualifying institution in the summer of 2021 or after will be eligible to apply for the new graduate post-study work route.  This includes students who are currently studying.

Applicants will not need a sponsor to apply under the Graduate Immigration Route.

Graduates whose Student route or Tier 4 (General) Student route leave expires before the Graduate Immigration Route is introduced will not be eligible extend their stay in the Graduate Immigration Route.  Such graduates will need to consider existing immigration routes instead.

Further information on the requirements of the new Graduate Immigration Route will be published on this page once they have been released by the Home Office.

Graduate Immigration Route and Settlement

The Graduate Immigration Route will be non-extendable and will not lead directly to Indefinite Leave to Remain. However, graduates who find an appropriate job may be able to switch into the Tier 2 category or may wish to consider other options such as the Start-up or Innovator routes.

If, following spent time on the Graduate Immigration Route, an applicant has been in the UK for 10 years with continuous lawful residence, they may be able to apply for Long Residence ILR.

How our immigration barristers can help

Our immigration barristers regularly assist international students and graduates to move to, or extend their stay in, the UK in order to pursue their education and find graduate work opportunities.

Our barristers are experts in the immigration options for students and graduates and will guide you through the complex Home Office rules and policies.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to students as part of a professional and friendly service.

We can also assist with

  • Applications for UK Student Visas

    The Student Visa category is for individuals who are aged 16 or over and who wish to study on a further or higher education course in the UK.

    In order to qualify for a UK Student Visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

    • You are aged 16 or over;
    • You have been offered an unconditional place on an approved course with a licensed student sponsor;
    • You can read, write, speak and understand English to at least CEFR Level B2 (if studying at degree level or above) or CEFR Level B1 (if studying at below degree level);
    • You have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course without relying on public funds;
    • You have the consent of your parents if you are 16 or 17 years old;

    The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances.  You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.

  • Applications for Short-term Student Visas (English Language)

    The Short-term Student Visa (English Language) is a route for persons aged 16 and over who want to study an English language course in the UK for between 6 and 11 months without a student sponsor but at an accredited institution.

    In order to qualify for a Short-term Student Visa (English Language) you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

    • You are aged 16 or over;
    • You are outside the UK;
    • You have been accepted onto an English language course (that does not include any other subject) at an accredited institution that will last no longer than 11 months;
    • You have paid your course fees or have enough funds to pay your course fees;
    • You do not intend to undertake a course of study of longer than 11 months, study at an academy or state-funded school, make the UK your main home, work in the UK or engage in any business or professional activities in the UK;
    • You intend to leave the UK within 30 days of the end of your English language course, or at the end of 11 months, whichever is sooner;
    • You can maintain and accommodate yourself adequately without receiving public funds;
    • You have enough funds to meet the cost of your return or onward journey from the UK;
    • You have the consent of your parents if you are 16 or 17 years old.

    The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances.  You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.

  • Fresh applications, Administrative reviews and Judicial reviews for Graduates

    If your application for permission to stay on the Graduate Immigration Route has been refused, our immigration barristers can advise on the merits of making a fresh application or challenging the decision.

    If the decision-maker failed to apply the Immigration Rules or Home Office policy correctly, we can bring Administrative Review proceedings to challenge the decision.

    If the decision to refuse your application was unlawful, unreasonable or procedurally improper, our immigration barristers can apply for Judicial Review and provide representation at Judicial Review hearings.

WHAT CAN WE HELP YOU WITH?

To discuss your Graduate Immigration Route application with one of our immigration barristers, contact our Graduate Visa team on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form.

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