Immigration Advice Service
03334149244 (local rate)

Mon - Sun, 8.30 am - 8 pm

Find an office

21 offices in the UK


We are the UK's leading immigration specialists
OISC Accredited UK immigration lawyers
We've had over 5000 applications approved
We are now open 7 days a week from 7.30 am to 10 pm.
4.7 rating 423 reviews

New Post-Study Visa Launched

Designed to help international students find graduate employment, the new Post-Study Visa has been officially launched by the UK government. First announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel in 2020, the visa provides students from overseas with two years of UK right to remain once they graduate. The route has been welcomed by the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

If you’re concerned about your long-term status in the UK, contact our client care team today on 0333 305 9375.



    Request a call back from our immigration experts

    First announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel in 2020, the new UK Post-Study Visa was officially launched by the UK government on 1 July 2021.

    It is designed to help international students who graduate from UK universities find jobs by enabling them to apply for up to two years of UK right to remain.

    The new route is anticipated to be of particular help to Indian citizens, who frequently select their course of study in accordance with its post-graduation employment prospects.

    Priti Patel said:

    “To put it into some context, last year more than 56,000 Indian nationals were granted a student visa, that’s a 13 per cent increase on the previous year, and that is almost now a quarter of all student visas issued by the UK.”

    Benefits to Indians

    Ms Patel added:

    “When you think about those numbers, think about the totality in terms of how this route will benefit India, it’s a very, very big move, and we will continue to work with the various academic institutions on making this route viable.”

    To be eligible for a Post-Study Visa, prospective applicants must have completed a recognised course at a UK higher education provider and have consistently followed UK immigration laws.

    The route does not require sponsorship, and possessing a job offer is not part of the eligibility criteria. Additionally, there are no minimum salary requirements nor is there a limit on the number of people who can apply. It is intended to give graduates the ability to work flexibly, change occupation and expand their career opportunities.

    Patel said:

    “As we build back better, it is vital that the UK continues to be a beacon for talented young people across the globe who want to make a difference. The new Graduate route does just that, giving the best and brightest graduates the opportunity to continue contributing to the UK’s prosperity and the freedom to kickstart their careers in the UK.”

    COVID-19 concession

    Alongside this, Minister for Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster has announced an extension to a coronavirus visa concession, meaning it will now last until April 2022. Applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 or spring 2021 are required to be in the UK on a Student Visa by 27 September 2021.

    Students who commence their studies this calendar year will need to be in the country by 6 April 2022. The move has been welcomed by Indian student groups in the UK who were concerned about the potential impact of India being placed on the UK’s COVID-19 travel red list.

    Patel said:

    “Many other countries do not offer that microcosm, foundation of diaspora community, natural heritage, all the cultural links, all the values that we share between our two countries. That puts us in a very strong position, both for Indian students coming here and securing their future opportunities in the workplace.”

    Global Britain

    It is hoped that the launch of the new graduate route will support the government’s ‘Global Britain’ approach, which centres on attracting talent from around the world.

    Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan, said:

    “International students are a vital part of our society, and those who graduate from our world-leading universities should have the opportunity to stay and build meaningful careers here in the UK.”

    “That is why we are introducing this new route for international graduates, enabling British businesses to attract and retain some of the brightest, most talented graduates across the globe, and helping this nation build back better from the pandemic.”

    The Chief Executive of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, Anne Marie Graham, said:

    “We know that employability is a priority for international students coming to study in the UK. International students who are able to access this route will have the flexibility to apply for work in any sector or role that fits their skills profile, including self-employment without the need for employer sponsorship.”

    How we can help

    If you’re concerned about your long-term future in the UK, contact our client care team today on 0333 305 9375 for immediate help and assistance.

    We are extremely proficient in all areas of immigration law, from Skilled Worker Visa advice and guidance to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application support, and would be delighted to assist with your query.











    The new Post-Study Visa is designed to help international students find graduate employment by providing them with two years of UK right to remain. [Image: Unsplash]





















    anne marie graham

    Anne Marie Graham, Chief Executive of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, has praised the flexibility that the new route provides.  [Image: FENews]

    You may be interested in reading about.

    We can help you if you need advice or assistance about how this change to the Immigration Rules affects you. Call us now

      Fill out the form

      Advice Package icon

      Advice Package

      Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals.

      Application Package icon

      Application Package

      Designed to make your visa application as smooth and stress-free as possible.

      Fast Track Package icon

      Fast Track Package

      Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline.

      Appeal Package icon

      Appeal Package

      Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any case.

      Advice Package image

      The Advice Package

      With our untimed Advice Session, our professional immigration lawyers will review your case and provide you with comprehensive advice, completely tailored to your needs and your situation.

        Fill out the form

        Request the Advice Package
        Application Package image

        The Application Package

        With our Application Package, your dedicated caseworker will advise you on your application process and eligibility. Your legal advisor will then complete and submit your forms to the Home Office on your behalf.

          Fill out the form

          Request the Application Package
          Fast Track Package image

          The Fast Track Package

          Our Fast-Track Application Package is a premium service for those who need to submit their application in time with their deadlines. Your case will become a top priority for our lawyers and you will benefit from our highest-quality services.

            Fill out the form

            Request the Fast Track Package
            Appeal Package image

            The Appeal Package

            By choosing our Appeal Package, you can rely on our lawyers’ legal knowledge and experience to ensure you have the highest chance of a successful appeal. We will also fully represent you in any hearings/tribunals.

              Fill out the form

              Request the Appeal Package