Graduate route

The Graduate route will be launched on 1 July 2021 and some further details have now been released by the UK government.

Students holding a valid Student visa or Tier 4 visa will be eligible for apply as long as they:

• have successfully completed a degree course (or other eligible course)
• have existing permission for that course as a Student at the point of application; and 
• make their application in the UK

Students will normally be expected to undertake their studies in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate route. However, students currently studying remotely or by blended learning due to Covid-19 will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate route on a concessionary basis if they meet the requirements of the route and enter the UK within any defined deadlines below:


Students studying remotely on a course of 12 months or less


Students who began a course of 12 months or less in 2020 via remote learning, and have not previously entered the UK to study that course

You will be able to make a Graduate scheme application if you make a successful Student visa application and arrive in the UK on or before 21 June 2021 to complete your course.
E.g. Students who started a master’s course remotely in September 2020 and who will complete in September 2021


Students who began a course of 12 months or less in 2021 via remote learning and have not previously entered the UK to study that course

You will be able to make a Graduate scheme application if you make a successful Student visa application and arrive in the UK on or before 27 September 2021 to complete your course.
E.g. Students who started a master’s course remotely in January 2021 and will complete in January 2022 or sooner.


Students who began a course of 12 months or less in 2020 or 2021 who have existing permission as a Student (including those on a Tier 4 visa) to study that course, and who have already travelled to the UK during that period of permission

You will be able to make a Graduate application as long as you are present in the UK before the end date of your course according to your CAS.


Students studying remotely on a course which is longer than 12 months

Students sponsored for a course lasting longer than 12 months will not be prevented from being eligible for the Graduate route as a result of any distance learning that took place either in the UK or overseas between the period of 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021.

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