Effective from 1st July 2021, the UK introduces a policy of Graduate Route. The Graduate Route program enables the students who have completed their education to gain work experience after study. The time allowed to stay in the UK post-undergraduate and postgraduate program is 2 years for necessary work experience. This is 3 years for post-doctorate programs.
Here are some important aspects of the Graduate Route:
It is only applicable to students who have a valid student visa at the time of application. The students must have completed their higher education with a track record of compliance with regulations.
It allows students to look for work, stay and work at any skill level. They are allowed to switch to skilled work when they find one.
The Graduate Route is applicable from 1st July 2021. Any student who graduates after this date is eligible for the graduate route, irrespective of the start date of their education.
The Graduate Route visa application can only be made while residing in the UK.
The visa fee charged is £700 and the Immigration Health Surcharge is charged at the full rate of £624 per year.
Students are required to have knowledge of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that they used for their last Student (or Tier 4) application. It is a prerequisite to apply for the Graduate Route.
Students studying from home due to Covid-19 restrictions are still eligible to apply for The Graduate Route provided they comply with the other stipulations.
The official guidance issued by the UK government under Covid-19 concessions for students is:If a student has taken up a distance learning course in 2020 or 2021 which is os 12 months or less in duration, and has not entered into the UK previously, will be able to apply for student visa and make an application to arrive and study in the UK before their visa ends or by 27th September 2021, whichever comes first is sooner.
Students who began a course of 12 months or less in 2020 or 2021 who have existing permission as a Student to study that course, and who have already travelled to the UK during that period of permission, will be able to make an application as long as they are present in the UK before the end date of their permission.
Students sponsored for a course lasting longer than 12 months will not be prevented from being eligible for the Graduate Route as a result of any distance learning that took place either in the UK or overseas between the period of 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021.