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  1. Am I able to work in the UK after I graduate?

    You are able to work in the UK for two months after your course ends. If you wish to remain longer you will need to apply for the relevant visa.

  2. Can I work in the UK during my studies?

    While you are studying in the UK your Student visa may allow you to work. This information is usually stated on your vignette (stamp within passport) or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card).

  3. Do I need permission to work if I am an EU or EEA student?

    If you have applied for the EU Settlement scheme and you have been granted Pre-Settled or Settled status, you have the same working rights as a British citizen.

  4. What is the Graduate route visa?

    The Graduate route visa is a new work route for those who have a degree or other relevant qualification from an approved UK higher education provider.

  5. How can I apply for the Graduate route visa?

    Applications will open at 9am on Thursday 1 July 2021. The application process will be online.

  6. My current student visa expires before 1 July 2021. Can I apply for the Graduate Route visa?

    If you are a student who has either successfully completed their relevant course and has a valid Student Route or Tier 4 visa when the Graduate route applications open on 1 July 2021, you can apply for the Graduate route visa.

  7. Do I qualify for the Graduate route visa?

    The key requirement to be eligible for the Graduate route visa is that you successfully complete a relevant course in the UK.

  8. Can I apply for the Graduate route visa from outside the UK?

    You can only apply for a Graduate route visa in the UK. There is no provision to apply from outside the UK.

  9. I am a graduate on the Doctorate Extension Scheme. Can I apply for the Graduate route visa?

    You cannot apply to switch to the Graduate route visa if you have been granted a Tier 4 or Student Route DES visa.

  10. How long is a Graduate route visa?

    Most successful applicants can stay for two years under the Graduate route.

  11. How much does a Graduate route visa application cost?

    According to the Home Office, the application fee will be £700.

  12. Can I study in the UK as a Graduate Route visa holder?

    Study is restricted under the terms and conditions of the Graduate Route visa. This visa type is intended to provide graduates (of a relevant course) the opportunity to find work opportunities in the UK.

  13. What is a Post-study visa?

    The Tier 1 Post-study work visa ended in 2012. The new visa for post-study work that will be introduced in the summer of 2021 is known as the Graduate Route visa.

  14. What type of course must I complete so I can apply for the Graduate Route visa?

    You must successfully complete a relevant course. The relevant course must be either an undergraduate degree, a Masters degree, a PhD degree or other doctoral qualification, or...

  15. What type of visa must I currently have so I can apply to switch to the Graduate Route visa?

    When you apply on or after 1 July 2021, your current UK immigration status must be valid permission as a Student

  16. What work can I do as a Graduate Route visa holder?

    You can continue to work in the UK under your Tier 4/Student Route conditions while your Graduate Route visa application is pending.

  17. I want to apply for a Graduate Route visa. Can my dependants apply with me?

    Your family members who are already in the UK with a Tier 4 or Student Route dependant visa can apply to extend their stay in the UK as a Graduate Route dependant.