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New UK Graduate route opens

July 6, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

On 1st July 2021, the UK rolled out the new Graduate visa route which gives people permission to stay in the UK for 2 years after successfully completing an eligible course in the UK. The advantage of this visa is that international students who want to stay in the UK can do so without having to find a sponsor or having a minimum salary requirement unlike the Skilled Worker visa requirements. In addition, visa holders can be self-employed, seek work, travel to and from the UK and do volunteering. 


The Graduate route cannot be extended, however, individuals can apply for another visa within the UK before the Graduate visa expires. 


The visa came about as the UK government planned to launch an immigration route that allowed start-ups and other companies to recruit easily to aim to lift the economy after the pandemic. 


What are the eligible courses?


To be eligible for the Graduate visa, you will have completed an eligible course on your student visa or Tier 4 visa. The education provider must be a licenced sponsor with a compliant track record. The following courses are eligible courses to apply for this visa:


a UK bachelor’s degree

a UK master’s degree

a UK PhD or doctorate


a law conversion course approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

the Legal Practice Course in England and Wales, the Solicitors Course in Northern Ireland, or a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland

the Bar Practice Course in England and Wales, or the Bar Course in Northern Ireland

a foundation programme in medicine or dentistry

a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)


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The information provided does not amount to legal advice.