UK announces new post-study work visa route for international students

The UK Home Office on Thursday formally announced its new post-study work visa for international students, which would offer overseas graduates from India and other destinations, the option to apply for the right to stay in the country for job experiences at the end of their university courses.

UK announces new post-study work visa route for international students

The Graduate route visa, announced last year by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, is now open for applications from this week and is expected to particularly benefit Indian students, who are known to choose their degree courses based on the prospect of work experience. It is designed for international graduates who have been awarded their degree from a recognised UK university to stay on and look for work for at least two years.

To apply under the new Graduate route, international students must have completed an eligible course at a recognised UK higher education provider at an undergraduate or higher level, with a track record of compliance with the government’s immigration requirements. Students on the route will be able to work or look for work after their studies for a maximum period of two years, or three years for Doctoral PhD students.

UK announces new post-study work visa route for international students

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