The Graduate Visa is a route that allows international students who have completed a degree at a UK university to stay in the UK to work or look for work for up to two years. This visa is only available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree or higher at a UK higher education institution.
To be eligible for the Graduate Visa, students must have a valid Tier 4 or Student visa and have completed an eligible course at a UK university. They must also have a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from their university and meet the English language requirements. Once the Graduate Visa is granted, students can work or look for work in the UK for up to two years. During this time, they can work in any field and at any skill level, without the need for sponsorship or a job offer.
After two years, students may be eligible to switch to a Skilled Worker visa if they meet the requirements.
It is important to note that the Graduate Visa does not lead to settlement in the UK. However, it can be a valuable opportunity for international students to legally stay and gain work experience in the UK after completing their studies.
The current cost for a Graduate Visa is £715.
A decision will normally be made within 8 weeks.