This means that I'm still filming and working from home and more importantly that I need a haircut. But luckily these restrictions haven't stopped the UK government making the promised announcement about the upcoming Professional History essay writing graduate route visa. It's now over a year since the new graduate visa, replacing the post study work visa, or psw, was announced. However the exact details of when the scheme will start and what's involved in making an application have been a little less forthcoming. This has led to much speculation and concern from international students wanting to plan their time in the UK. But the wait is now over. At the end of last week the UK Government announced that the graduate route will open for applications from the 1st of July 2021. The announcement was included as part of the latest Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules made by UK Visas and Immigrations.
Now, this statement is over 100 pages, so I doubt you'll want to read it in full, even if you are practicing your English at the moment. So in this video I'm going to review all of the important information about the graduate route so you're fully informed about this new visa option. I'll be talking through the requirements, how to apply, the rules of the visa, and answering a couple of key questions the students have been asking over the last year. So let's dive straight in! First up let's take a look at who will be eligible and what the requirements will be. The headline is that the graduate route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a higher education provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Tier 4 or student visa at the time of application. At the time of application you'll need to be able to provide your biometrics and a valid passport or travel document to show your identity and nationality. Students that have been sponsored by their government to study in the UK must also provide written consent from their sponsor that they may remain in the UK upon completion of their studies. You must have a valid Tier 4 or student visa when you make your application, so you must still have a valid visa on the 1st of July 2021. Students whose visas expire before this date will not be eligible for the graduate route. As well as having a valid visa you must have fully completed your course at the time of application.
This must be the course that you were issued your visa to study by your higher education provider. If you are studying a postgraduate course you must have also completed the dissertation section of your course. Once your course is complete your student sponsor, which is your university, must have notified the Home Office by the date of application that you have successfully completed the course of study. So before you apply you'll need to make sure that your university has let the UK Government know that you have completed your course. This is something that they will do automatically, but you will want to make sure before you make your application. You'll also need to make sure that the qualification you have taken is eligible for the graduate route. As well as UK bachelors and postgraduate degrees, the route is also available for students who have studied a number of legal, medical and teacher training programs. The last requirement is that you have studied in the UK. For courses that are 12 months or less you must have studied in the UK for the whole course. For courses longer than 12 months you must have spent at least 12 months studying in the UK. For students concerned about the impact of a Coronavirus Pandemic on this element of the requirements, I'll be talking about this a little bit later in the video. So once you know that you're eligible for the graduate route visa, you'll need to make an application. Whilst the application process is not yet live, students will be able to apply on the Government website from the 1st of July 2021. You must be in the UK when you make your application, so you cannot return to your home country once you've completed your course and apply from there. The application fee will be 700 pounds along with a biometric enrolment fee of 19 pounds 20. As well as the application fee you will need to pay the immigration health surcharge fee for each year you remain in the UK. This is currently 624 pounds per year. Unlike with the student visa there is no maintenance requirement for the graduate route. This means that there is no set amount of money that you will be required to show when you apply. Once you've applied for and been successfully awarded your graduate route visa, what exactly can you do? What are the conditions of the visa? Successful applicants on this route at bachelor's or master's level will be able to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, at any skill level for two years. Doctoral students will be able to stay for three years. During this time you will be able to do any job apart from being a professional sports person. You'll also be able to be self-employed with certain restrictions. Some study is permitted as long as it isn't with an education provider that would otherwise need to sponsor you for a student visa. If you're interested in further study it's worth reading more about this before you apply for the graduate route. Whatever you do during your time in the UK on the graduate route visa, it doesn't count towards the five-year requirement for 'indefinite leave for remain'. However graduates will be able to apply for the skilled worker route from within the UK once they have found a suitable job.
Dependents will be allowed on the graduate route visa, however they must already be existing dependents linked to your Tier 4 or student visa. Again if you are applying with dependents it's worth reading more about this as there are quite a few extra rules. So that covers the main details of the graduate route and how to apply. However I'm now going to mention a couple of extra points. First of all the requirement to spend 12 months or more studying in the UK depending on the length of your course. With restrictions in place due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic the following exemptions have been made. Students who began their course in 2020 and entered the UK on or before the 21st of June 2021 will meet the UK study requirement of the graduate route. Students who began their course in January or February 2021 and entered the UK before the 27th of September 2021 and complete that course of study in the UK will also meet the UK study requirement. So if you haven't been able to travel to the UK yet you still have plenty of time to meet the requirements. Lastly there has been speculation that students who change their course once they arrive in the UK will not be eligible for the route.
To put this doubt to rest the following passage was included in the announcement. The applicant must have successfully completed the course of study which was undertaken during their last grant of permission to study on the student route (where the applicant was allowed to change their course of study without applying for further permission as a student this requirement only applies to the course to which they changed). This means that as long as you complete the course that you have changed to you will still be eligible for the graduate route. So there we have it. The information you've been waiting for. Almost everything there is to know about the graduate route visa. Hopefully you'll be feeling a bit more informed when planning your study in the UK. As always it's important to remember that visa rules can change at any time and that individual circumstances may be relevant. Make sure to follow public announcements about any future changes and read the rules in full before you make your application.