What is the Graduate Route Visa?
Every year, talented and high-potential students are welcomed to universities, colleges of further education, and English language schools in the UK, which has a leading global education sector
If you are studying towards a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree and wish to stay in the UK to work, the Graduate Route is your next step.
The Graduate Route provides an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay in the UK and work or look for work at any skill level for two years or three years for doctoral students.
The Graduate route is an unsponsored route, so you can apply without having a job offer. In the UK, you will have the flexibility to change jobs as needed and advance your career.
With a Graduate visa, you will be able to:
- Look for work.
- Work – Unlike most UK work visas, you are not restricted in terms of who you work for and the type of work you do, and you don’t need to be sponsored.
- Be self-employed.
- Live with your partner and children in the UK.
- Undertake voluntary work.
- Travel from and to the UK freely.
Graduate route visa requirements
In order to apply Graduate route visa, you must meet the following Graduate visa requirements:
- be in the UK when you apply.
- hold a current study visa (Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa).
- have studied with an eligible education provider in the UK.
- have studied on an eligible course.
- have completed a minimum period of time as a study visa holder.
- have completed your course of study successfully (your education provider will advise the Home Office if this is the case).
How to apply for a Graduate visa
As soon as your university or college notifies the Home Office that you have finished and passed your course, you can apply for a Graduate visa. You are not required to wait to submit an application until you have earned a diploma or diploma-like document. While your student visa is still valid, you are eligible to apply.
Why Work With An Immigration Adviser for your Graduate Visa
Working with a legal representative can give you peace of mind and allow you time to focus on your goals, whether looking for voluntary work, paid employment or setting up a business.
Our advisers will check your documents, fill out your form, inform you about the fees and submit your application form and evidence file. If any specific points require an explanation regarding your application, we will include all the relevant details in our legal representation letter.
We will keep you in the loop regarding any developments on your application.
You will also benefit from our consultancy services throughout your stay in the UK under the visa that you have applied for through us.