Graduate Immigration Route

An immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies.

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This route was announced on 11 September 2019.

This page provides a summary of the key points of this announcement and will be updated as and when more detailed information is given about the route.

Key information on the route

  • The graduate immigration route will be open to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at an institution with a track record of compliance with the Home Office’s immigration rules

  • Successful applicants on this route will be able to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK for a maximum period of two years. Graduates will also be able to switch into skilled work once they have found a suitable job

  • It is expected that 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 (including payment of a fee) and payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge. The exact fee will be set out in due course

  • The route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement. However, graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to switch into skilled work, which is a route to settlement

  • Those who graduate and whose leave expires before the route is introduced will not be eligible for it, however, most of these students will have had no expectation of benefitting from such a route when they applied to study in the UK