What is the new UK post-study visa?
A new route to a career in the UK signified as the “Graduate Immigration Route” and according to the Gov.UK Home Office blog, it 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 UK student visa at the time of application.
Applicants who began their studies in Autumn 2020 will now have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK (updated from 6 April 2021) in order to be eligible for the Graduate route. Students who began their studies in January or February 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.? The UK Council for International Student Affairs has laid out the key requirements of the route, including details about the application process. There will be an application fee and applicants will pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. They will also be subject to identity, criminality, and security checks.
Ques1. Who is this route for?
Ans - The route will be open to international students who entered the UK in the academic year 2020/21 onwards and have completed a degree at the undergraduate level or above at reputable higher education institutions.
Ques 2. How can I apply?
Ans - The graduate immigration route will require a new application. It will include the payment of a visa fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge. The exact fee will be set out in due course.
Ques 3. When does this route will be applicable?
Ans - The new route will be applicable from the summer of 2021.
Ques 4. I am already studying in the UK. Do I qualify for this route?
Ans - Any student who successfully completes their degree-level course at a qualifying institution in the summer of 2021 or after will be eligible. This includes students who are already studying. Those whose Tier 4 leave expires before the route is introduced will not be eligible for it.
Ques 5. Does this program count toward settlement?
Ans - The route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement. However, graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to switch to skilled work, which is a route to settlement.
Please note - The Graduate route will be unsponsored, meaning applicants will not need a job offer to apply for the route. There will be no minimum salary requirements nor caps on numbers. Graduates on the route will be able to work flexibly, switch jobs, and develop their careers as required.
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