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Graduate Visas in UK moving on from a student visa: Basic requirements

Updated: May 9

Graduate Visas in UK General Guidance: Basics You Need to Know


In reading this guide in full to the end you with have a basic understanding of the application requirements relating to staying on in the UK.


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Moving onto Graduate visa in UK.

Post Graduate Visas UK Route (Previously PSW):


You can only apply for a graduate visas in UK once you complete your Bachelor degree or above. You must be in the UK on a Student visa or a Tier 4 General visa. All Students who complete their studies are eligible to apply and continue to stay on in the UK for at least 2 years after you have successfully completed your course of study under a student visa.


You can only obtain a graduate visas from within the UK and you must demonstrate the following applies to your circumstances:


  1. In the UK on a Student visa or Tier 4 General visa

  2. You must have completed a UK bachelor's, postgraduate or other eligible degree course that meets the minimum period of study (full length of the course is generally completed in 12 months or longer)

  3. Course of study was provided by UKVI approved licensed sponsor

  4. You must apply before your Student visa or Tier 4 General visa expires

To apply on your behalf for this visa you need to meet the core application requirements indicated below. If you'd prefer to speak to our student visa lawyer about your post graduate visa application needs complete our contact form using the button.



 

The eligibility requirements:

  1. In the UK on a Student visa or Tier 4 General visa

  2. You must have completed a UK bachelor's degree, postgraduate degree or other eligible course that meets the minimum period of study (full length of the course is generally completed in 12 months or longer)

  3. Course of study was provided by UKVI approved licensed sponsor

  4. You must apply before your Student visa or Tier 4 General visa expires

 

What you need to demonstrate:

  1. You have completed your course of study and will graduate

  2. You hold leave to remain as a student and it hasn't expired

  3. You were sponsored by an approved UKVI licensed educational sponsor

  4. Confirm your previous Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number from when you applied for your Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa

  5. If you were sponsored by someone / organisation to support you in the UK whilst doing your studies a letter from your scholarship or sponsorship provider confirming approval of your student study, if they paid for your course fees or living costs in the last 12 months


 

Your course of study:


You must have completed any of the following:

  • a UK bachelor’s degree

  • a UK master’s degree

  • a UK PhD or doctorate


You can also apply if you completed one of these:


  • a law conversion course approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

  • the Legal Practice Course in England and Wales, the Solicitors Course in Northern Ireland, or a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland

  • the Bar Practice Course in England and Wales, or the Bar Course in Northern Ireland

  • a foundation programme in medicine or dentistry

  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)


You may also be able to apply if passing your course made you eligible for a job that’s regulated by UK law or a UK public authority. Your education provider can tell you if your course is eligible.

 

The financial requirements:


There isn't a specific amount of financial support you must demonstrate other than you can live within your means. The amount of financial support you will need will depend on couple of factors such as:


  • If you entered the UK with any dependents on a student visa

  • how much you spend on daily expenses & living expenses

 

Things you can do:


  • You can work in the UK over the period of your visa

  • you can look for work & switch into Skilled worker route

  • be self-employed

  • continue living in the UK with your partner and children, if they’re eligible and here

  • do voluntary work

  • travel abroad and return to the UK


Things you cant do:


  • Bring overseas dependents into the UK on dependent immigrant visa

  • apply for social benefits (public funds), or the State Pension

  • work as a professional sportsperson

  • Enrol on a course of study that's eligible for a student visa

 

How long you can stay:

You will be awarded a 24 month visa to remain in the UK.


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Disclaimer: The information provided above is for general purposes only relating to Immigration visa application procedures and these rules change regularly. I highly recommended you contact me directly for more in-depth advice and assistance. All enquiries receive a free initial application assessment to clarify how you meet the general application requirements of the above application route.

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