In a big boost for International students, the UK government today announced a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for talented international students to pursue successful careers in the UK.
The visa will allow qualified students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.
This builds on action by the UK government to help recruit and retain the best and brightest global talent, as well as open up opportunities for future discoveries in science, technology and research and other world-leading work that international talent brings to the UK.
The new ‘Graduate’ route will be open to all international students, who have valid UK immigration status as students and have successfully completed a course of study in any discipline at the undergraduate level or higher from the UK approved higher education provider.
Who will be eligible for a Graduate Route visa?
The graduate Route should be available to anyone graduating with a UK diploma and holding a Tier 4 visa when the system is introduced in 2021.
Examples of eligible postgraduate courses include:
A one-year master’s degree beginning in the 2020-21 academic year or later
A two-year master’s degree beginning in the 2019-20 academic year or later
A three-year (or longer) masters or doctorate degree beginning in the 2018-19 academic year or later.
What will the application deadline be?
You will need to apply for the Graduation Route before your Tier 4 student visa expires. At the moment, this occurs four months after the end of your course (six months for Master’s students with a Tier 4 visa pilot).
However, it is unclear whether the new two-year duration of the Graduation Route will be in addition to the post-study period allowed by the Tier 4 visa and not being able to combine the two post-study scholarship periods).
For more information, you can visit the official UK government work visa information website.