Graduate visa

Graduate Visa route is open for applications from 01 July 2021.

Eligibility rules

  • The Graduate Route will be available to international students who have successfully completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance.
  • You must have a valid Student or Tier 4 visa at the time of application.
  • If your Student or Tier 4 permission expires before 1 July 2021, you will not be eligible to apply (unless you can extend your Student permission first, and meet the other requirements).
  • The university will need to report the successful completion of your programme* to the UKVI before you can apply under this route. We will notify you by email when this is done. You must not make your application until you have received this notification or your application could be refused.
  • If, in the last  12 months before the date of your application, you have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship by a Government or international scholarship agency covering both fees and living costs for study in the UK, you must provide written consent to the application from that Government or agency.
  • You can only apply from inside the UK.

*This is a sponsorship requirement and the completion data for all Tier 4/Student visa holders will be reported to the UKVI.

The application

  • You must submit your application:
    • after you have successfully completed your programme; and
    • after you have received notification that the University has informed the UKVI; and
    • before your current Tier 4/Student visa expires.
  • Applicants will be subject to identity, criminality and security checks.

Official visa costs and professional fees

  • The application fee is £700.
  • The Immigration Health Surcharge fee at £624 per year of the visa.
  • Our professional fees are – GBP 850 for assisting with visa application. However, note that our fees may differ depending on the complexity of your immigration case.

Length of permission and conditions

  • If your Graduate route application is successful, you will be able to stay in the UK for two years (extended to three years for PhD or doctorate level graduates). This route will replace the Doctorate Extension Scheme when it is introduced. 
  • You will be able to work, or look for work, in any sector and at any level. The visa also allows self-employment. 
  • Study will be permitted, but ONLY if it does not meet the requirements for study under the Student route.
  • The visa is cannot be extended and does not lead to settlement, but Graduate visa holders will be able to switch into the Skilled Worker route once they have found a suitable job.
  • Applicants will only be able to hold the Graduate visa once.

Dependent family members

  • Individuals who are already in the UK as a dependant of a Student who is applying on this route can also apply to extend their permission as a dependant. However, new dependants are not permitted on this route
  • Children born in the UK during the last grant of Student/ Tier 4 permission of a Student will also be eligible. 

Important Covid-19 concessions and deadlines for students who are due to complete their study programme by the end of August 2021

If you are a student who is currently outside the UK,  or you have not been in the UK for the entirety of the 2020/2021 academic year, please find below a list of Covid concessions and deadlines that may apply to you.

Covid Concession

Example

Deadline

You are a student who:

  • began a programme of 12 months or less in 2020 via distance learning (from your home country); AND
  • you have not yet entered the UK; AND
  • you are due to complete your programme in August 2021

You are an MSc student who started your MSc programme from your home country in September 2020, and you are due to complete your programme in August 2021. Due to the ongoing situation, you have not yet entered the UK on a Student route visa, but have continued to study remotely. You are still outside the UK.

You must make a successful Student visa application AND arrive in the UK on your Student visa on or before 27 September 2021.

 

If you are required to be on campus for study purposes, you must arrive in the UK by 01 June 2021. This deadline is now passed, so if you have not yet got your visa, you will not be able to apply.

You are a student who:

  • began a programme of 12 months or less in 2020 or 2021; AND
  • you have already entered the UK with your Student route visa; AND
  • you are due to complete your programme in 2021; AND
  • you are currently outside the UK.

You are an MSc student who started your MSc programme in September 2020, and you are due to complete your programme in August 2021. You applied for, and were granted with, a Tier 4/Student route visa. You entered the UK in October 2020, but then left the UK in February 2021. You are currently still outside the UK, continuing your programme remotely.

You must return to the UK before the expiry date of your Tier 4 / Student permission

 

You are a student who:       

  • began an undergraduate or PhD programme  before 2020; AND
  • you have already entered the UK with your Tier 4/Student route visa; AND
  • you are due to complete your programme by the end of August 2021; AND
  • you are currently outside the UK                      

You are an undergraduate or PhD student who started your programme in September 2017, and you are due to complete your programme in May 2021. You applied for, and were granted with, a Tier 4 visa for the entirety of your programme. You entered the UK in September 2017 but then left the UK in March 2020. You are currently still outside the UK, continuing your programme remotely due to the ongoing situation.

You must return to the UK before the expiry date of your Tier 4/Student permission

What services we can offer?

  • We can find a proper educational establishment for you or your education.
  • We can arrange an interview and testing at the selected educational establishment(s).
  • We can carry out the enrolment procedure.
  • We can advise on the law, procedure, requirements and merits of making an application to the Home Office / British diplomatic post.
  • We can advise and represent our clients in making representations in support of their immigration matters.
  • We can make a request for an administrative review if the applicant`s leave to remain or entry clearance application, respectively, is refused.

Whatever the case, we are here to help, assist, advise and represent our clients in relation to any aspect of the immigration matters of our clients.

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