Graduate Route visa
The UK government have confirmed that the Graduate route will open for applications on 1 July 2021. Below you will find key information that is currently available.
- The Graduate Route will be available to international students who have successfully completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance.
- You must have a valid Student or Tier 4 visa at the time of application.
- If your Student or Tier 4 permission expires before 1 July 2021, you will not be eligible to apply (unless you are eligible to and can extend your Student permission first).
- The University of Edinburgh will need to report the successful completion of your programme to the UKVI before you can apply under this route.
- If, in the last 12 months before the date of your application, you have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship by a Government or international scholarship agency covering both fees and living costs for study in the UK, you must provide written consent to the application from that Government or agency.
- You can only apply from inside the UK.
- You must apply by completing an online form. As the route is due to be launched on 1 July 2021, we expect the application to be available from this date. Please note, we do not yet have information on what the Graduate Route visa application looks like or what questions it will include.
- You must submit your application after you have successfully completed your programme and the completion has been reported to the UKVI by the Univeristy and before your current Tier 4/Student visa expires.
- Applicants will be subject to identity, criminality and security checks.
- The application fee is set at £700.
- The Immigration Health Surcharge fee is set at £624 per year of the visa.
- If your Graduate route application is successful and you are granted with a Graduate route visa, you will be able to stay in the UK for two years (extended to three years for PhD or doctorate level graduates). We understand that this route will replace the Doctorate Extension Scheme when it is introduced.
- You will be able to work, or look for work, in any sector and at any level. The visa also allows self-employment.
- Study will be permitted, but ONLY if it does not meet the requirements for study under the Student route.
- The visa is not extendable and does not lead to settlement but graduates will be able to switch into the Skilled Worker route once they have found a suitable job.
- Applicants will only be able to hold the graduate visa once.
- Individuals who already have permission as a dependant of a Student who is applying on this route can also apply to extend their permission as a dependant, however, new dependants are not permitted on this route.
- Children born in the UK during the last grant of Student/ Tier 4 permission of a Student will also be eligible.
If you are a student who is currently outside the UK, or you have not been in the UK for the entirety of the 2020/2021 academic year, please find below a list of Covid concessions and deadlines that may apply to you.
You are a student who:
You are an MSc student who started your MSc programme from your home country in September 2020, and you are due to complete your programme in August 2021. Due to the ongoing situation, you have not yet entered the UK on a Student route visa, but have continued to study remotely. You are still outside the UK.
You must make a successful Student visa application AND arrive in the UK on your Student visa on or before 21 June 2021 to complete your programme.
If you are required to be on campus for study purposes you must arrive in the UK by 01 June 2021. If you haven't done so already, you must request your CAS as soon as possible and by 01 May 2021 at the latest.
You are a student who:
|You are an MSc student who started your MSc programme in September 2020, and you are due to complete your programme in August 2021. You applied for, and were granted with, a Tier 4/Student route visa. You entered the UK in October 2020, but then left the UK in February 2021. You are currently still outside the UK, continuing your programme remotely.||You must return to the UK before the end of your programme (note that this is not the same as the expiry date of your visa)|
You are a student who:
|You are an undergraduate or PhD student who started your programme in September 2017, and you are due to complete your programme in May 2021. You applied for, and were granted with, a Tier 4 visa for the entirety of your programme. You entered the UK in September 2017 but then left the UK in March 2020. You are currently still outside the UK, continuing your programme remotely due to the ongoing situation.||You must return to the UK before the expiry date of your Tier 4/Student visa|