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A long-awaited visa opportunity, the Graduate Route, is finally here. The students who successfully complete higher education in the UK will be able to work in the UK, without any sponsorship, for two years, or three years for doctoral students. The applications officially start on 01 July 2021. With this blog post, Immigration Connection brings you all the details you should know about the Graduate Route.

Who can Apply?

The graduate route applies to the students who have completed a course at degree level or above, at a Higher Education course provider in the UK, and hold a valid student visa on or after 1 July 2021. The programme they are enrolled to must be a UK higher education provider. The course must be at least an undergraduate program or a higher level and the students must successfully complete the programme to be eligible for the Graduate Route.

Due to COVID-19, the applicants do not have to be in the UK to enrol and study in an eligible program. However, to be able to apply under the Graduate Route, the students who started their education in Autumn 2020 must enter the UK before 21 June 2021 and those who began their studies in Winter 2021 must be in the UK before 27 September 2021. Therefore, it is possible for the students to continue their studies outside of the UK and then come to the UK and benefit from the Graduate Route provided that they meet the foregoing deadlines!

When to Apply?

The applications will open on 01 July 2021. Therefore, anyone who completes a qualified program in the UK as of 01 July 2021 can apply for the Graduate Route. Those who will successfully complete the program after 01 July 2021 can make their applications at any time.

What are the Benefits?

With the Graduate Route, the students can stay in the UK way longer than those who completed their studies before 1 July 2021. This route allows an applicant to search for a job or to work in the UK for two years (for undergraduate or a higher degree), or three years (for PhD studies). For the period during which the applicants are part of the Graduate Route, no sponsorship is required. It means there is no restriction in the field of work, and it will be possible to change the workplace without following any formalities.

How to Apply?

As the leading firm in this field, Immigration Connection provides transparent, expeditious and top-quality services to its clients. With our student-friendly pricing policy, our team is ready to assist you if you want to benefit from the Graduate Route. Please contact us for further details.


The topic of immigration was in the spotlight during the Pre-Brexit period. Now that Brexit has actually happened and the transition period has been strictly defined with the end date of 31 December 2020, Home Office released its plans on the future immigration system. As of today, 19 February 2020, we are able to share with our readers a more comprehensive view of the future of immigration after Brexit.

As expected, UKVI will implement a universal points-based system for those who wish to work and settle in the UK. But what does it imply in the practicality of immigration in the UK? Let’s see what will become a history first.

The main demographics to be affected are the EEA and Swiss citizens. They will no longer have the freedom of movement and labour in the UK like they used to. They will be treated like any other nation. However, those who entered the UK before the Brexit deadline will be allowed to stay and granted Settled Status under EU Settlement Scheme.

Turkish Citizens will also be affected by the changes in the immigration system as they are currently enjoying particular rights derived from the ECAA, known as Ankara Agreement which gives them the right to set up a business in the UK or be sponsored in favourable conditions.

On the other hand, all the rights of current immigrants will continue, giving the EU citizens and Turkish citizens the right to extend their stay in the UK or apply for settlement as long as they can prove their eligibility.

For the EEA, Swiss and Turkish citizens the door is still open until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, so anyone thinking of living and working in the UK can still do so until this deadline.

This change says that the immigration rules will apply to anyone, irrespective of their nationality now. But what rules will apply to everyone? What is changed and what will be implemented as of 1 January 2021?

New routes were announced today, and they suggest changes to the current Tier system. There are two main routes that will be used in more mainstream employment terms. The first one is the Points-Based System replacing the Tier 2 General mainly.

Points-based system

The minimum salary requirement was decided to be £25,600 after the Migration Advisory Committee’s comment. Caps, quotas are lifted, and Resident Labour Market Test will no longer be required. A migrant with a job offer must reach 70 points, but the base 50 points must be met in any case. These 50 points are composed of English language requirement (10 points), a job offer (20 points) and an appropriate skill level (20 points).

However, if the job offered is listed on the Shortage Occupation List or if the candidate has a relevant PhD, they might be sponsored to work in the UK with a lower salary.

Global Talent Route

The second route that was highlighted in the Post-Brexit immigration system is the Global Talent Route. This route aims to attract more top tier professionals, especially on the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). This is an existing route, however, within the new rules, it is expected to be implemented in more flexible terms. These individuals will be welcomed to move to the UK without a job offer in place as before. Yet they are still expected to be endorsed by a higher education body or a registered endorser in the UK. This route will have further additions and updates on it, as explained in the statement issued by the Home Office.

The new immigration system offers more relaxed conditions for sponsored workers and sponsoring companies, but it closes the doors on the once free-moving low skilled labour of the EEA citizens.

The privileges of the EEA citizens and Turkish citizens are ongoing till 31 December 2020, so individuals from the EEA countries and Turkey with plans to work and live in the UK should ensure their arrival into the UK before this date.


Recently announced new Points-Based System has been the cause of many arguments, which has now taken to a whole new dimension with the Brexit, and the new system, which puts people before passports, is supposed to be the future of the UK immigration.

According to unknown sources, Secretary of the State Priti Patel told the cabinet that they will be implementing a new system similar to ones in Australia and Canada and it will be implemented before the end of the transition period, she added. These new statements caused a lot of question marks across the public and the commons. The new Points-Bases System is planned to arrive at the end of this year, and it is based on grading new immigrants on pre-determined categories and exceed a pre-determined threshold.

It is also stated that the aim is to attract talents across the globe while denying entrance of the low-skilled immigrants by relying on a pre-election system. Although we do not believe the new system will affect the already-existing low-skilled migrants, it is clear that these changes will affect potential immigrants who wish to live and work in the UK tremendously. However, it can’t be denied that the new system is expected to go a long way in attracting potential talents and qualified immigrants who wish to live in the UK. Similar systems to the new points-based system is already in place in countries like Australia and Canada and the system grades potential immigrants in categories like education, language and qualifications. Ones who exceed the threshold are then allowed to make an application.

Another highly discussed subject was Priti Patel’s statement that the new system would be in effect by the end of 2020 instead of in 2 years. The cabinet and the government officials have stated that this decision would deeply affect many already-existing institutions and systems from NHS to economy, two industries that are very dependent on immigrants, and there will be many changes required. Priti Patel’s statements not only point to a potential deprivation in manpower but also many specialists, law societies and government officials believe that rushing the deadline passed the original timeframe might cause the new system to be imperfect and flawed.

 PM Boris Johnson also stated in his speech at the UK-Africa Summit that the new system would put passports before people and favour an individual’s qualifications before their religion, race or nation. The notion that when done right, the new system can thrive and make the country a better place is also quite popular with the public.

For now, it is safe to say that ECAA, both Turkish Businessperson and Turkish Worker, applications’ extension and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications are safe. However, we also believe that the new Points-Based System is sure to cause a lot of confusion and conflict in its early ages.

We will keep you updated on all things Brexit. To read about the latest news, keep following our blogs and social media accounts.


In this blog article, we would like to briefly announce that European Settlement Scheme has become active from 1st of April 2019. This will be crucial for years to come in terms of your status after Brexit. As Immigration Connection Ltd, we have completed many EEA cases successfully since our establishment and we will put all our resources for helping more EEA citizens residing in the UK with securing their rights. The Brexit process showed everyone that there is and will be uncertainty for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if they have not legally obtained the relevant documents. Many EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens noticed that there are regulations governing their stay in Britain and these regulations also bring obligations to them. It is always best to seek advice before planning an application, so you can see if in the future you will be able to obtain Settlement or bring family members. Check if your stay is in line with EEA regulations and check if you have the right to work to apply for Settlement or Pre-settlement. Contact us, our advisers will inform you, assess your situation and help you go through this process with a peace of mind.

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