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Graduate Route

On 11 September 2019 the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their stud

The Graduate Route will be available to international students who have successfully 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 visa at the time of application.

The new route will be launched in the summer of 2021, meaning that any eligible student who graduates in the summer of 2021 or after will be able to apply for the route. This includes students who have already started their programme and therefore includes students starting in the 2020/21 academic year.

Students will normally be expected to undertake their studies in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate route.  However, if you are required to either continue your current studies or start a new programme by distance or blended learning due to Covid-19, you will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate route on a concessionary basis if you have spent some time studying outside the UK.  Students who will be graduating in the 2020/21 academic year will be eligible to access the graduate immigration route as long as they are in the UK by 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK. 

The Graduate Route will replace the Doctorate Extension Scheme visa once it comes into effect. 

Further information about the new visa route can be found on the Home Office website

Please also see UKCISA’s website for further information on what we currently know about the Graduate Route.