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.
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. The workshop dates and how to book a place will be announced on their intranet page shortly. If you are to graduate in the summer , it is recommend you attend a workshop in May to June.
There are limited numbers on workshops therefore if you are a student who is due to complete in Autumn 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.