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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.

Read full government news release and Home Office Fact Sheet. Read more to find out what we know so far.

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.

Update on 04.10.2019: the Home Office published a Fact Sheet with further information and a Video on their Twitter account.

Student Immigration Update - August 2019

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