In September 2019, the UK Government announced the introduction of the graduate route to international students from 1 July 2021. This includes students who have already started their course, even if due to Covid-19, they have needed to undertake online learning.
Although the official guidance has not been published, it is expected that to be eligible, international students must:
have a valid Tier 4 visa at the time of application.
have completed an eligible course at a UK Higher Education Provider
demonstrate a track record of compliance with the government’s immigration requirements
Applicants don’t need to be sponsored by a university or employer during their stay on a post-graduate visa.
How long can I stay on the graduate visa?
Successful applicants on this route at bachelor’s or master’s level will be able to stay in the UK and work or look for work, at any skill level for 2 years. Doctoral students will be able to stay for 3 years.
Graduate visa fees:
It will cost £700 to apply. Additionally, an Immigration Health Surcharge (£624 per year) must be paid.
Does this route lead to settlement?
No, the route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement. However, graduates may apply to work routes, including the Skilled Worker, which is a route to settlement.
On 16 June 2020, the UK Government confirmed that international students studying remotely will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route provided they are in the UK by 6 April 2021 and meet the other requirements of the route.
We are prepared for the launch of this route and committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. International students can be assured that with the legal advice of Sterling Law, they will be able to continue their professional careers in the UK.CONSULTATION
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Student migration constitutes a significant share of immigration to the UK. The number of international students relocating to the UK increased over the decade of the 1990s and 2000s, with a particularly sharp increase in 2009. Student visas issuing decreased from 2010 to 2016.More information
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To prove this, you sponsor will provide you with a reference number called CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)More information
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Tier 5 visa is a temporary visa allowing applicants to enter the UK for a period of 6-24 months usually for the purpose of work, internship, or work experience.More information
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At what point is an immigration application decided by the Home Office?
Is it procedurally unfair for the Home Office to refuse an application due to the applicant’s sponsor (i.e. their employer) failing to provide additional information (without the applicant ever being made aware of the request)?
The Court of Appeal decided:
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Excellent news; adult dependent relative appeal allowed by the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)!
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