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Graduate Route

What is

Graduate Route

On the 14th of October 2019, the Home Office published a fact sheet on the Graduate Immigration Route announcing the creation of a new immigration route for international students.

The Graduate route offers graduating, international students a two or three year visa immediately after graduation. Whilst the visa is valid, holders will be able to stay and work in the UK. It will be available from summer 2021.

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International students graduating in undergraduate, master’s and PhD courses.

You must have successfully completed your whole degree in the UK (excluding permitted study abroad programmes) and your Higher Education Provider must be willing to sponsor you.

Some of the main advantages of the Graduate route are:

  • No English language requirement
  • No proof of maintenance
  • No immigration skills charge
  • Can switch to other visas

Family Members

Only dependants who are already with the graduate in the UK (applications must be made at the same time) can apply.



You will need to:

  • Pay an application fee
  • Pay the Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Submit your biometrics

Facts you should know about Graduate Route

Questions And Answers

This visa will only be available from summer 2021.

The length of your visa will be determined by the type of course you graduate from. Those completing undergraduate or master’s degrees will be eligible for the two year visa and those studying PhDs will be eligible for the three year visa.

This route does not lead to settlement.

Yes you can but not as a professional sportsperson, doctor or dentist in training.

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