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UK Graduate Route Facts

UK Graduate Route Facts

What is the Graduate Route?

The graduate route is a post-graduate visa for international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above to continue stay in the UK after they graduate.

Depending on your qualification, the length of stay is different:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s level graduates will able to stay for two years
  • PhD graduates will be able to stay for three years

To apply this graduate route is consider as a new visa application, and must apply it inside the UK. The application will include a one time £700 visa fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge at the full rate of £624 per year.

The graduate route can not be extend and will not lead to settlement in the UK. But graduates will able to switch to skill worker route (formerly Tier 2 work visa) when they found a suitable job.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Must make the application within the UK.
  • Have a valid Tier 4 or Student Route while you are making the application.
  • Have successfully completed a degree during your current student visa.

Students affect by the COVID-19:

  • If your course duration is 12 months or lesser, you should complete the whole degree inside the UK.
  • If your course duration is more than 12 months, you should spend at least 12 months inside the UK before completing your degree.

Students who started their studies in 2020 – 2021:

  • If started your studies in autumn 2020 must have entered the UK with permission as a Student before 21 June 2021 (updated from the previous date of 6 April 2021).
  • If you started your studies in January or February 2021, you have to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?

Application are open on 1 July 2021 at 9am.

How to apply?

The Graduate Route application still pending, we will update the application link when it launched.

What should I do if I got a job offer while I am on Graduate Route?

You will be able to switch to skill worker route once you found a suitable job.

What I can do and can’t do with the Graduate Route?

You can stay, work (including self-employment) or look for work in the UK.
You can’t:
Take a full-time program that required a student visa. The program should be part-time only.
Working as a professional sportsperson or coach.

Can my family members apply with me?

Your family members may also stay in the UK by applying for a Dependent visa. The validation of the dependent visa is the same as your Graduate Route. This is in the condition of your family member has already held a valid student dependent visa (Newborns are exempt from this condition).

Where Can I find more?

More information about the new Graduate Route can be found on the Home Office Website and UKCISA website.

When can I apply?

Applications are open on 1 July 2021 at 9am.

How to apply?

The Graduate Route application still pending, we will update the application link when it launched.

What should I do if I got a job offer while I am on Graduate Route?

You will be able to switch to skill worker route once you found a suitable job.

What I can do and can’t do with the Graduate Route?

You can stay, work (including self-employment) or look for work in the UK.

You can’t:

  • Take a full-time program that required a student visa. The program should be part-time only.
  • Working as a professional sportsperson or coach.

Can my family members apply with me?

Your family members may also stay in the UK by applying for a Dependent visa. The validation of the dependent visa is the same as your Graduate Route. This is in the condition of your family member has already held a valid student dependent visa (Newborns are exempt from this condition).

Where Can I find more?

More information about the new Graduate Route can be found on the Home Office Website and UKCISA website.

6 thoughts on “UK Graduate Route Facts”

    1. Hi Archana,

      The postgraduate diploma is a level 7 postgraduate level qualifications but is it not a degree-awarding program.

      According to UK Visa and Immigration’s requirements, The new Graduate Route (PSW) will be open to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at an institution with a track record of compliance with the Home Office’s immigration rules.

      The relevant degree course must be either:

      *an undergraduate degree
      *a Masters degree
      *a PhD degree or other doctoral qualification

      More information about the new Graduate Route can be found on the Home Office Website and UKCISA website.

  1. Meagan Campbell

    im curious if you know, if i get a msc accounting on a student visa, then do graduate visa, after would i be able to get the youth mobility visa as well if i dont get a sponsored job?

    1. Hi Meangan,

      The Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5) has a very straight requirement on the student’s nationality and the Sponsorship, the eligibility of this visa are varies depending on the student’s nationality as well.

      You can refer to this link for the full details on the Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5).

  2. I am going to pursue MSc Accounting and Finance (Fast-Track) course in January 2022 with 8 months duration. As this program is specifically designed for professional qualified accountants. I tried to find on Government official websites but couldn’t get any satisfactory answer if the duration of the course is less than 12 months but a full time Masters degree program will it still be eligible to apply for Post study work visa after completion.?

    1. Hi Babar,

      According to the Graduate caseworker guidance released by the home office on 1 July 2021, If the eligible course lasting 12 months or less, you must have spent the full duration of the relevant period of permission course studying in the UK (or on permitted study abroad programs, where relevant) on either the Student route or former Tier 4 (General).

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