The U.K. Government recently announced a new route enabling international students to remain in the u.K. for two years post-graduation of studies.
● The Graduate Immigration Route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Tier 4 visa at the time of application.
More InformationThis means that any student who successfully completes their degree-level course at an undergraduate or postgraduate level from a qualifying institution (all of our partner universities are qualified) by the summer of 2021 or after will be eligible. Those whose Tier 4 visas expire before the route is introduced will not be eligible for it. These students can still benefit from the provisions available which allow them to switch in the skilled work route on favourable terms, more information in the link below.
What comes after the Initial 2-years?
Graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to switch into skilled work, which is a route to settlement. This will require obtaining work from an employer who is able to sponsor an international worker via a Tier-2 skilled worker visa (although there are a few other routes available). More information about this option can be found on the uk.gov website here:
Individuals applying for the Graduate Immigration Route will not need a sponsor. Tier 4 sponsors will not need to fulfil any sponsorship duties for their students if they switch onto the Graduate Immigration Route and students will not need a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to apply under this route. Tier 4 sponsors, however, will continue to be responsible for their students while they are studying.