The Student Immigration & Compliance team has received enquiries from staff and students regarding the visa implications of the Coronavirus outbreak. We have put some guidance together to help you understand your options if you are affected.
Updated on 16 June 2020 - UK Government revealed plans for new immigration route to enable international students to work in the UK for two-years post-graduation
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today unveiled plans to transform how talented international students are able build successful careers in the UK through a new immigration route which enables international students to work in the UK for two years post graduation.
Updated on 16.06.20: In view of the coronavirus pandemic, UKVI published new guidance (paragraph 3.22 - 3.25) which states that if a new student starts a course on 'blended' learning or distance learning, they will be eligible to apply for the graduate route as long as they physically arrive in the UK before 6 April 2021, and have a valid visa when the scheme is launched (in the summer of 2021).
Update on 10.02.20: UKCISA published an analysis of the new Graduate Route and the likely eligibility of students and their dependants.
Update on 14.10.2019: The Home Office published further details regarding the scheme, confirming that students on a degree level (or above) course who hold a valid Tier 4 visa and graduate in the summer of 2021 will be eligible.
Immigration update for students covering:
- Work during and after studies - switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 visa; new Start Up visa route; How many hours can you work
- Tier 4 visa eligibility and application guide
- Travelling in and out of the UK - landing card; e-Gate facilities; travelling near the course end date; travelling to Schengen for university business
- Anything else