The new Graduate route (work-visa Update) from The United Kingdom
The UK has once again confirmed that they are open to the brightest and the best international students to contribute to their society & the economy. Here are the key points you should be aware about this new announcement:
According to the UK government the new Graduate Route will be open for applications from 1st July, 2021.
The Graduate Route will be available to all 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 valid Tier 4 or student permission at the time of application.
Successful applicants on this route at bachelor’s or master’s level will be able to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, at any skill level for 2 years (3 years for doctoral students).
Further graduates will be able to apply to the Skilled Worker Route from within the UK, once they have found a suitable job.
This Graduate Route will be unsponsored which allows applicants to stay in the UK for up to 3 years without even having a job in hand. This will help students to work flexibility and switch jobs as there will be no minimum salary requirements or caps on numbers.
The UK government has provided concessions for the students who are unable to travel to the UK due to the pandemic.
Applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK with permission as a student (updated from the previous date of 6 April 2021) in order to be eligible to apply to 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 route does not count towards settlement – however Graduates will be able to apply to other routes at the end of their 2-3 year stay, for example the Skilled Worker, Global Talent or Innovator Routes.