LS Legal News Bulletin
Graduate route - Studying in the UK?
Thursday 1st April 2021
After abolishing the Post Study Work visa in 2012, the government is bringing its analogue in the form of the new Graduate route which will be opened in July 2021. Those international students who have completed a degree in the UK will be able to stay and work or look for work for up to 2 years, or 3 years for doctoral students.
To apply, an applicant will have to complete a degree at the undergraduate or above level and have a valid leave under Tier 4 or Appendix Student of the Immigration Rules. Besides, an applicant will have to have stayed in the UK for the duration of their study for which they were last granted permission as a student. COVID-19 related concession is available for those impacted by continued travel disruptions. We will be happy to advise on those.
Please note that those students who graduate and whose Tier 4 or Student leave expires before the route is introduced will not be eligible for the Graduate route, but can qualify for another routes to extend their stay.
The application fee is £700 and attracts Immigration Health Surcharge at the full rate of £624 per year. An application can only be made from inside the UK from 1 July 2021. New dependants are not allowed on this route, although those with permission as a dependent of a student who is applying on this route can also apply to extend their permission as a dependant.
Although the route does not count towards settlement, an individual can extend their stay by switching to a Skilled Worker visa, Global Talent or Innovator.
We are committed to keeping up with the new changes and updates in the UK Immigration, so please remember to visit our website regularly to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest Immigration news.
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