The UK government has now opened the new Graduate Route for visa applications. The Graduate Route will allow international students to stay in the UK for two years after graduating from a higher education provider to enable them to find work. The new course is part of the government’s efforts to attract and retain talented individuals.
HOW IT WORKS
The graduate study route will not require sponsorship from an employer or an educational institution. Applicants are required to prove their identity and complete an online application form. Applicants from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will need to prove their identity by scanning their passport with the UK Immigration: ID Check app. Applicants who cannot scan their passport with the app will need to go to an appointment at a UK Citizenship and Visa Application Service Center to submit their fingerprints and photographs.
Graduates will be granted two years of leave and a doctorate. graduates will be allowed to stay for three years. Successful applicants are able to prove their right to live and work in the UK online or by using a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). The graduate visa cannot be extended and time spent in the UK under this path will not count towards establishment. However, graduates holding a graduate visa can change their immigration category.
The Graduate Route will allow family members already in the UK as dependents of the current student visa or the Level 4 (general) student visa to apply as dependents of the visa applicant graduate studies. However, dependents currently outside the UK are not allowed to apply to enter the UK as dependents under the Graduate Route.
CONSEQUENCES OF COVID-19
The UK Home Office has introduced exemptions due to travel restrictions due to COVID-19. For courses of 12 months or less, any time spent outside the UK between January 24, 2020 and September 27, 2021 will be treated as if the person was studying in the UK.