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On September 11, 2019, the UK Government announced the creation of a new graduate immigration route. They have decided to reinstate the rights given to international students starting with the graduates of the academic year 2020. These rights offer international students two (2) years post-graduation to reside and look for work in the UK. 


Fast facts:

  • It will be open to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above

  • Successful applicants will be able to stay and work, or look for work, in the
    UK for a maximum period of two years

  • Students entering the UK in the 2020-21 academic year intake will be eligible for this route

  • The immigration route will be two years long and will require a new application and payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge

  • The route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement

  • Those who graduate and whose leave expires before the route is introduced will not be eligible for it



  • What is the new Graduate route?

    • It will provide an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay and work in the UK at any skill level for two years

  • Who is eligible for the route?

    • Those with valid leave as a Tier 4 student, who have successfully completed a course at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance

  • Does the Government welcome international students?

    • Yes, with no limit on their numbers

  • What happens after the two-year period?

    • Those on the route will be able to switch onto the skilled work route if they find a job that meets the skill requirement of the route

  • Will it be possible to extend after two years?

    • No, it is a non-extendable two-year period of leave.

  • Will graduates have to pay the immigration health surcharge?

    • Yes, those on the graduate route will need to pay immigration health surcharge


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