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