WORK IN THE UK AFTER GRADUATION
From this fall, foreign students studying at UK universities will be able to remain employed for two years after graduation, by applying for the recently announced Graduate Immigration Route. The New Immigration Route will be available for international students coming to UK who have completed the full time course from a higher education provider and has a law-abiding record and valid Tier 4 visa at the time of application.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR A UK POST-STUDY WORK VISA
Successful applicants on this route will be able to remain employed or seek employment, in the UK for two years. Also, graduates who have acquired skilled jobs, and who are eligible for skilled work visas, will be able to exchange visas to continue their careers in the UK. This new visa category, which was announced in September 2019, is open to applicants from the commencing of summer of 2021, meaning that any international student starting a degree in the country in the fall, and having a valid Tier 4 visa when the new category opens, will be able to apply.
Despite the frustration over the lack of information about the new visa, the UK government recently published a revised guide that ensures that those studying for a degree / integrated degree due to the changes forced by universities by Covid-19 will be able to apply for a Graduate course as long as they are in the UK by 6th April 2021.
AFTER THE POST-STUDY WORK VISA ENDS
A postgraduate work visa allows UK degree graduates to apply for any type of employment, and they can usually be allowed to stay for up to two years upon graduation. That means: Within two years of graduating, you will be able to work at whatever job you are given. But if that period expires and the PSW visa expires as well, any student wishing to stay longer in the UK will have to apply for the work visa. For this, student job must comply with the requirements of the Tier 2 visa, a 'general work visa'. That usually means you have to pay at least £ 30,000 a year; but in some professions, this level may be higher or lower. Once you find a suitable job, you will be eligible to transfer to a skilled work visa.
APPLYING FOR THE GRADUATE IMMIGRATION ROUTE
If you meet all the requirements for the Graduate Immigration Route, you will need to submit a new application. Your application fee will cover the cost of the:
- Immigration Health Surcharge
EXTENSION OF POST STUDY WORK VISA
It will not be possible to extend the Post Study Work visa for more than 2 years. Eligible candidates can apply for an Employee Visa, Tier 2 (General) visa, or a Global Talent visa. Start-Up visas and Innovator visas will also remain available and we expect that switching to those routes will be allowed. For more information, the UK Govt website has got all the necessary information.
This is an important agreement, given that Covid-19 could prevent some students from going to the UK for a limited time, although many UK universities have now confirmed that the opportunity will begin gradually or gradually in the regular schedule this fall. A further 97 percent of UK universities have confirmed that they plan to provide in-house teaching where possible and safe, backed by technology where needed to keep staff and students safe.
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