Please note that we are not expecting there to be any of the following requirements for you to need to meet as part of the visa application:
- Financial requirement
English language – we expect this will be assumed from the fact you will have met this requirement when granted your student or Tier 4 visa to study your course
- Labor market test
- Minimum skill or salary level
- Sponsorship from your employer
We understand that you should be able to apply if you:
- Have a valid Student or Tier 4 visa (except where it was granted under the Doctorate Extension Scheme) which expires on 1st July 2021 or after; and
- You submit your application within the UK; and
- Have successfully completed a full Bachelors or Postgraduate degree (e.g., Masters or PhD) or one of the specific alternative qualifications confirmed by UKVI (see FAQ section below for a full list). Therefore, most non-degree awarding qualifications, such as Certificates or Diplomas, are not eligible for the Graduate route; and
- The University must have notified UKVI that you have successfully completed your course before you submit your visa application; and
- You must not have not previously been granted a visa under the Graduate Immigration Route; and
- You must have permission from your financial sponsor (only if your financial sponsor was a government sponsor or an international scholarship agency); and
- If your course is longer than 12 months, you must have spent at least 12 months studying your course inside the UK on a Tier 4 or Student visa (See the section on remote learning below); or
- If the length of your course is 12 months or less, you must have spent the full duration of your course studying inside the UK on a Tier 4 or Student visa. (See the section on remote learning below)
Remote learning outside the UK due to COVID-19:
Where you started a course of 12 months or less in 2020:
Where you have not travelled to the UK yet to study your course with your current Student or Tier 4 visa, we expect that you will need to enter the UK on or before 27 September 2021, or before your visa expires (whichever is sooner) in order to be eligible.
Where you have already travelled to the UK with your current Student or Tier 4 visa for a period during your current studies, you will be eligible to apply for the Graduate visa provided you return to the UK before the end date of your current visa.
Where your course is longer than 12 months:
You will need to return to the UK before your Student or Tier 4 visa expires where you spent time studying your course remotely outside the UK between 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021 due to COVID-19.
Where your course is longer than 12 months, we are not currently expecting there to be any deadline for you to return to the UK in order to be eligible for the Graduate visa, except for returning before your student or Tier 4 visa expires. We expect that you will still be considered to meet the requirement to have spent at least 12 months studying in the UK if the following total is 12 months or more:
Time you have spent in the UK studying your course with a Student or Tier 4 visa: plus
Time you spent remote learning outside the UK between 24 January and 27 September 2021 whilst you still had a student or Tier 4 visa.