Graduate Visa Advice and Consultant Service

UK Graduate Visa Application Advice and Consultant Services

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.

Let’s look at the highlights

Application fee for a Graduate visa

When you apply for a Graduate visa, you’ll need to: pay the £715 application fee and the healthcare surcharge, which is calculated for each year you’ll be in the UK.

Processing times

The Home Office's standard processing time for a graduate visa is 8 weeks from the date on which you have provided your biometrics. The Home Office does not offer priority service for the graduate visa route.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Graduate visa, applicants must be in the UK, hold a valid study visa, and have successfully completed a graduate or postgraduate degree (or another eligible course of study).

Minimum period of study

You must have finished an eligible course of study for at least 12 months (if your course was for 12 months or longer) or the entire length of your course (if your course was for less than 12 months) in order to be eligible for a Graduate visa in the UK. You had to have been genuinely studying during this time, such as going to lectures.

Graduate visa Dependants

Your dependents may accompany you while you are in the UK on a Graduate visa if they came with you while you were on a Student visa. You are not allowed to bring new dependents. Dependents already in the UK as a Student dependant may apply as a dependent of a Graduate visa at the same time the Graduate applies to the route. In addition, your child can apply for a dependent visa if they were born in the UK while you were on your student visa. If your child is 18 years or over, they must be financially dependent on you (i.e., not married or living away from you unless they live away from university). Dependents will also be required to pay the application fee, as well as the Immigration Health Surcharge.

ILR rights

Under the current Immigration Rules, the UK Graduate visa (PSW) visa does not count towards Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). This means that if you switch to another UK visa that does lead to ILR (e.g. Skilled Worker visa), you cannot include the time you spent on a Graduate visa for your ILR application. However, if you apply for ILR using the 10-year-long residence route, you can include time spent on any combination of visas, including the Graduate visa.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Graduate visa (PSW) cannot be extended. Those who wish to extend their stay must switch to a different type of visa based on their circumstances (e.g. work visa, family visa, or UK business visa).

As the Graduate visa cannot be extended, at the end of the two-year period after a master’s or three-year period after a PhD/DrPH degree, you will need to leave the UK or apply for a different visa, such as a work visa, family visa, or UK business visa.

You should not leave the UK or Common Travel Area whilst you are waiting for a decision on your application. Doing so may affect your eligibility for the Graduate route and result in you being unable to re-enter the UK.

Under the current Immigration Rules, the UK Graduate visa (PSW) visa does not count towards Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). This means that if you switch to another UK visa that does lead to ILR (e.g. Skilled Worker visa), you cannot include the time you spent on a Graduate visa for your ILR application. However, if you apply for ILR using the 10-year-long residence route, you can include time spent on any combination of visas, including the Graduate visa.

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