The UK has brought a new policy called the “Graduate Route”, in which international students can stay in the UK for a few years after their graduation and earn some valuable work experience.
This route provides people with an easier way to find a job and work in the UK after completing their education (Bachelor's degree or above) in the UK. This graduate route is applicable all over the UK- communities of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The application for this brand-new Graduate Route is to start on 1 July 2021.
This Graduate Route has the following provisions for graduate and doctoral students.
- A student with a bachelor's degree or master's degree can stay in the UK and search for work or work for a maximum of 2 years.
- Doctoral Students can stay for a maximum of 3 years.
This post-study work option can help students continue living and working in the UK. Via the Graduate Route, the UK intends to achieve the goal- the UK’s broader international Education Strategy- of hosting 600,000 international students in higher education by 2030.
Eligibility to apply for Graduate Route in the UK
International students do not need to hold a job already or necessarily have a job offer to be eligible for applying UK graduate route.
The other necessary conditions to apply for the Graduate Route include the following-
- Students need a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from a recognized UK university.
- There are no minimum salary requirements that need to be met.
- International students must demonstrate a track record of the UK government's immigration requirements to apply for this route.
- Students should have valid student (Tier 4) Visas at the time of application.
- Students who began studying in the UK in the Autumn of 2020 must enter the UK by 21 June 2021 to apply for Graduate Route. Likewise, students who started their education in January/ February 2021 have until 27 September 2021 to enter the UK and apply.
The Benefit of the Graduate Route for International Students
The Graduate Route will let the students work as per their premise, changing jobs when necessary and enhancing their careers.
Though the Graduate Route doesn't mean or doesn't lead to settlement in the UK, it does direct students towards a work-based route which leads to a settlement once they meet specific criteria.
UK Officials about Graduate Route
Kevin Foster, the minister of Future Borders and Immigration, mentioned
“As we rebuild from the global pandemic, we want the world’s brightest talent, who aspire to a career at the highest levels of business, science, the arts and technology, to see our United Kingdom as the natural place to fulfil their aspirations.”
He also added,
“The changes announced today will ensure once they have received a gold standard qualification from one of our world-leading education institutions, they can easily secure the status they need to continue living, working and fulfilling their dreams in the UK.”