Current Graduate route concessions - scenarios

Due to the coronavirus the UKVI have current concessions in place for international students wishing to apply for the Graduate route after their studies. What the concessions mean for you have been outlined below in student study scenarios.

If you have NOT YET travelled to the UK and have studied remotely since your course began.


If you are on a course of 12 months or less which started in 2020 and have not yet travelled to the UK to study that course, you will need to have arrived by 21 June 2021 in order to complete your studies in the UK.  For example:

You are an MSc student who started your MSc programme from your home country in September 2020, and you are due to complete your programme in September 2021. If you haven't done so already, you must request your CAS as soon as possible. To qualify you must make a successful Student visa application AND arrive in the UK either before your visa ends or by 27 September 2021, whichever is sooner.


If you are on a course of 12 months or less which started in 2021 and have not yet travelled to the UK to study that course, you will need to have arrived by 27 September 2021. For example:

You are an MSc student who started your MSc programme from your home country in Jan 2021, and you are due to complete your programme in January 2022. To qualify you must make a successful Student visa application AND arrive in the UK either before your visa ends or by 27 September 2021, whichever is sooner.


If you are studying a course longer than 12 months, you will need to have returned to the UK in time to apply for the new Graduate route by the expiry of your current Tier 4/Student visa. Any period of remote study overseas between the period of 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021 will not prevent you from applying.

You can read about eligibility for the route on our other webpages.

 

If you HAVE travelled to the UK on your current student visa but are currently studying remotely overseas

 

If you started on a course of 12 months or less which started in 2020 or 2021 and have already travelled to the UK during your current Tier 4/Student visa but are currently studying remotely overseas, you will need to have returned to the UK by the end date of your course. For example:

You are an MSc student who started your MSc programme in September 2020, and you are due to complete your programme in September 2021. You applied for, and were granted with, a Tier 4/Student route visa. You entered the UK in September 2020, but then left the UK in December 2020. You are currently still outside the UK, continuing your programme remotely. To qualify you must return to the UK before the expiry date of your permission (Tier 4/Student visa).

If you are studying a course longer than 12 months, you will need to have returned to the UK in time to apply for the new Graduate route by the expiry of your current permissions (Tier 4/Student visa). For example:

You are an undergraduate or PhD student who started your programme in September 2017, and you are due to complete your programme in June 2021. You applied for, and were granted with, a Tier 4 visa for the entirety of your programme. You entered the UK in September 2017 but then left the UK in March 2020. You are currently still outside the UK, continuing your programme remotely due to the ongoing situation. To qualify you must return to the UK before the expiry date of your permission (Tier 4/Student visa).

 


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