The Graduate visa explainedby Peter Jackson
On 1 July 2021, the UK's Graduate visa opened for applications. But what could this mean for you?
In this blog, we have taken a look at how the visa could help you build a life and a career in the UK after university.
What is the Graduate visa?
Because the new visa launched on 1 July 2021, any students who graduate after this date are eligible to apply, including students who have already started their course.
If I want to apply for a Graduate visa, do I need to make a new application?
Yes, this does require a new visa application. You will need to apply online and make the application while you are in the UK.
As part of your application, you will be asked to supply supporting documents - such as a valid passport and your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number.
You will also have to pay a fee of £715; this is on top of the Immigration Health Surcharge of £624 for each year you will be in the UK.
How long do I need to be in the UK before I can apply?
In order to apply, you need to be in the UK and have studied your course for either:
- at least 12 months, if your course’s total length is more than 12 months
- the total length of your course, if its total length is shorter than 12 months
The rules may be different if you couldn't study in the UK because of Covid-19 - so, check here to be sure.
What happens after the time period is up?
We hope you have found this blog post useful. You can find more information about the Graduate visa and apply on GOV.UK.
Published By Peter Jackson on 10/03/2021 | Last Updated 17/03/2023