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Graduate Route Visa

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Graduate Route Visa

Launching on 1st July 2021, the Graduate Route visa is a new work visa route for graduates who have a degree or other relevant qualification from an approved UK Higher Education provider like the University of Sunderland in London. Similar to the old Tier 1 Post-Study Work route that ended in 2021, it lasts for two years for most successful applicants and three years for PhD graduates.

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Applying for a Graduate Route Visa

Find out everything you need to know about making an application.

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Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Graduate Route visa, you'll need to meet the eligibility criteria, the main one being that you complete a relevant course in the UK. In this section, we'll show you each of the eligibility criteria including information on qualifications, immigration status and current studies.

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Working with a Graduate Route Visa

In this section, you'll find out about the working permissions you'll need to follow while your Graduate Route visa is pending and after it's been granted.

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Studying with a Graduate Route Visa

This visa is to give graduates from relevant courses the chance to work in the UK. You won't be able to study any course which could be sponsored by a study advisor under the Student visa category.

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You might want to bring family members to the UK during your studies and throughout your Graduate Visa. In this section, we'll advise you on when you can and can't apply for dependants. 

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