Visas for Graduates of UK Universities

If your student visa is coming to an end and you’d like to look for work in the UK, the Graduate visa may be the immigration route for you. Providing you meet the eligibility criteria and apply before your student visa expires, you can live and work in the UK for up to three years…

For international students, the UK Graduate Visa category offers the most freedom in terms of work and travel. Graduates with a doctoral qualification such as a PhD can stay in the UK for up to three years, while all other Graduate visas are valid for two years. If eligible, your family members will be able to join you in the UK as dependants, and you and your family are free to travel abroad and return to the country as you wish.

Most jobs are permitted under this visa, including self-employment and voluntary work, and you do not need to have a job offer before applying. You must apply for a Graduate visa before your student visa expires, but you don’t have to wait until you have formally graduated. If you are coming to the end of your student visa, get in touch today for personalised legal support in applying for a Graduate visa.

How can Lexus Law help?
  • We will assess your situation and ensure that you meet all the requirements for a Graduate visa. This includes verifying that you can financially support yourself and any dependants during your stay.
  • Preparing your UK visa application is a complex and time-consuming process. Our immigration law experts will help you to gather all required documentation, alleviating the stress and giving you the best chances of submitting a successful application.
  • It is not possible to extend your Graduate visa, and this route does not lead to settlement. If you’d like to stay in the UK beyond your visa expiry date, we will advise you on the best immigration routes for your circumstances.

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Contact us today to find out how our expert immigration lawyers can help you extend your stay in the UK beyond graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements for a UK Graduate Visa?

To apply for a Graduate visa, you must already be in the UK on either a Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa. You must have successfully completed your course, whether that was a bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree or another eligible course. For your course to be eligible, the provider must be listed with the Home Office as a licenced sponsor that has a ‘track record of compliance’. Approved educators are listed with the status ‘Student Sponsor – Track Record’

You need to have studied in the UK for at least 12 months, if the total length of your course is more than 12 months. If the total length is shorter than 12 months, you need to have studied for the total length of the course.

How long will it take to receive a decision about my visa application?

Most applicants receive a decision on their visa within eight weeks of submitting their application. If your student visa expires before you’ve received a decision, you will be permitted to remain in the UK while you wait for the Home Office’s response.

How much does a Graduate visa cost?

The application fee for the Graduate visa is £715. You and any dependants will also be subject to the healthcare surcharge which is usually £624pp for each year you intend to be in the UK.

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Once you have approved the quote, we will supply you with our full terms of business. After the terms have been agreed to, we will work closely with you (or on your behalf where appropriate) to achieve your immediate and long-term UK immigration goals.

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