Student Immigration Service

Graduate visa

If you have successfully completed your programme and wish to live and work in the UK for a while, a Graduate visa might be an option for you. This visa type is available for two years after the award of a degree or for three years after a PhD or other doctorate qualification.

How to apply

The application process for a Graduate visa involves a few steps you need to follow. Find out if you qualify for a Graduate visa, what documents you need to provide, how you can apply and how long you need to wait for a decision.

Costs of a Graduate visa

When you apply for a Graduate visa, you must pay an application fee and the immigration health surcharge (IHS). Find out how much the visa will cost you.

How overseas travel impacts your eligibility for the Graduate route

Immigration rules state that you must be in the UK with a valid Tier 4/Student visa for a specified period of time during your studies to qualify for a Graduate visa. The specified period of time depends on the length of your programme.

Work you can accept before, during and after your visa application

Find out how many hours you can work during the different stages of the Graduate route application process and when you can start a permanent full-time role.

Applications for your dependants

Your partner and children might be able to apply to stay in the UK as dependants on your Graduate visa.

Find out more about the Graduate route 

UKCISA guidance on the Graduate route 

UKVI overview for the Graduate visa