UK Announces 2-Year Post Study Work Visa for International Students

Good News for all of those who consider studying in the UK as the government has announced New Post-Study work Visas for International Students. While after getting your degree from the UK, you can Now officially work in the UK for up to 2 years. PSW Work Visa will Expand Opportunities for talented international students to build successful careers in the UK. A Great Initiative from the UK Government.

Can you work in the UK after graduation? So, Yes: The New post-study work visa rules will allow you to work in the UK after graduation. This Opportunity will be available to any international Student with No Restriction on the type of work you can do. From September 2020 any student enrolling at a UK university can stay in the UK after graduation for up to two years.

This post will tell you about how the New Post-Study Work Visas will work, with a particular focus on postgraduate students. It will allow you to live and work in the UK for up to two years after a Masters, or three years after a PhD. There are still a few details to confirm, but we’ll be updating this post from time to time. You can Now Check Gates Cambridge University Scholarship 2021 in the UK(The Applications are open). The Details are given below.

What is 2-Year Post-Study Work Visa and How to Get?

What is the Graduate Route?

The Graduate Route is a new UK post-study work visa to be introduced for international students graduating in summer 2021 or later. It will allow you to live and work in the UK for up to two years after a Masters, or three years after a PhD.

Who will be eligible for a Graduate Route visa?

The Graduate Route is intended to be available to anyone graduating from a UK degree who holds a Tier 4 visa when the system is introduced in 2021.

Examples of eligible postgraduate courses include:

  • one-year Masters beginning in the 2020-21 academic year or later
  • two-year Masters beginning in the 2019-20 academic year or later
  • three-year Masters (or longer) or a PhD beginning in the 2018-19 academic year or later.

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Will my university need to sponsor my application?

No. You will not need any sponsorship to apply for the Graduate Route.

How many people can access the Graduate Route?

There will be no cap on the number of people who can benefit from the Graduate Route.

Will there be any restriction on the work I will be able to do with a Graduate Route Visa?

There will be no minimum salary level for the Graduate Route. You can seek advanced roles related to your degree, or develop your CV and experience in other positions.

What will happen when my Graduate Route Visa expires?

At the end of the two-year period, you will need to leave the UK or apply for a different visa, such as a Tier 2 General work visa.

The Tier 2 visa does require you to have an employment offer with a minimum skill and salary level, but your time on the Graduate Route should make it much easier to work towards this.

You won’t be able to apply for a second Graduate Route visa if you aren’t eligible for a Tier 2 visa.

Will I need to apply again if I already have a Tier 4 visa?

Yes. You will need to apply for a separate Graduate Route visa before your Tier 4 visa expires.

Will there be a fee for the Graduate Route visa?

Yes. You will need to pay a separate visa fee to access the Graduate Route. You will also need to pay another Immigration Health Surcharge to cover each additional year you spend in the UK.

What will the application deadline be?

You will need to apply to the Graduate Route before your Tier 4 student visa expires. This is currently four months after the end of your course (six months for Masters students under the Tier 4 visa Pilot).

However, it isn’t clear whether the new two-year duration of the Graduate Route will be in addition to the post-study period allowed by the Tier 4 visa. It is possible that you may need to apply to the Graduate Route before your course finishes (and not be able to combine the two periods of post-study work allowance). For More Information You can visit the Official website of the Information of UK Government work Visa.

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