Graduate Route Visa Update

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have approved the Graduate Route Visa for students who want to work in the UK after they have successfully completed their studies. 

From 1 July 2021 the Graduate Route will open for visa applications. The Graduate Route allows international students to work in the UK following the successful completion of their studies.  The visa will be granted for two years if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student and for three years if you are postgraduate research student.

Eligible students who want to apply for this visa must arrive in the UK to complete their studies on or before 21 June 2021.  This is a change of date, it was previously 6 April 2021. 

Read further information about the eligibility criteria and answers to FAQs.   

Study in the UK requirement & COVID -19

One of the requirements for the Graduate Route Visa is for you to have studied in the UK. Due to Covid-19 the Home Office has permitted online and blended learning from 24 January 2020 to 27 September 2021 and therefore they have put into place the following provisions:

  • If you started your course in 2020 and you enter the UK on or before 21 June 2021, complete your course in the UK for which you hold a valid Tier 4 (General) or Student Route visa, you will be eligible to apply for the graduate visa; or
  • If you started your course in 2021 and you enter the UK before 27 September 2021, complete your course in the UK for which you hold a valid Student Route visa, you will be eligible to apply for the graduate visa.


The International Student Team will be running weekly online workshops from Wednesday 5 May 2021.  The workshop dates and how to book a place will be announced on their intranet page shortly. If you are to graduate in summer 2021, it is recommend you attend a workshop in May to June 2021. 

There are limited numbers on workshops therefore if you are a student who is due to complete in Autumn 2021 or later, it is recommend you attend a later workshop.

Our intranet page will direct you to the best workshop for you based on when you complete your studies.

Advice on Travel to the UK

We have updated our guidance for all International Students (including EU Citizens) with the latest travel advice from the UK Government.


The University is not able to support students with the costs of travel – but we are committed to supporting all students who are experiencing any financial hardship through our Student Support Fund.  The Student Support Fund is open to all students (including all international students) so if the additional costs of travelling (including quarantine costs) mean you are struggling with your living costs, we would encourage you to apply.  

We are continuing to offer a reimbursement of the cost of the UK Government Test To Release Scheme – which means that students who do travel to the UK can end their period of self-isolation early in order to engage with their studies and access on-campus facilities.


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