Apply for Graduate visa

Updated on 28 July 2021

A Graduate visa gives you permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successfully completing a course in the UK.

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Jen Ang from Just Right Scotland talks about the new Graduate visa (video recorded July 2021)

The Graduate Visa launched on 1 July 2021.

This is for international students who want to work following the successful completion of a course of study at UK bachelor’s degree-level or above.


  • You must have a valid student visa when you make the application.
  • You must be in the UK when you apply.
  • You must have successfully completed your Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD. The University of Dundee is required to report the successful completion of your course to the UKVI.
  • You must have your most recent CAS number.
  • Students who began a course of 12 months or less in 2020 or 2021 via distance learning, and have not previously entered the UK to study that course, will be able to make a Graduate visa application if they make a successful student visa application and arrive in the UK before their visa ends or by 27 September 2021, whichever is sooner.
  • Students who began a course of 12 months or less in 2020 or 2021 who have existing permission as a Student to study that course, and who have already travelled to the UK during that period of permission, will be able to make a Graduate application as long as they are present in the UK before the end date of their visa.
  • If you have a financial sponsor for your studies in the UK and they cover both your tuition fees and living expenses, you may be asked to provide written consent from your financial sponsor stating that they do not object to your Graduate Route application.

How and when to apply

  • Applications can be made on the UK Government website
  • You will not be required to show evidence of financial maintenance.

Fees and costs

  • The application itself will cost £700.
  • You must also pay the Immigration Health Surcharge with your application. The IHS fee is £624 per year.


  • Applicants who are already student dependant visa holders can apply.
  • New dependants are not allowed to apply using the Graduate visa. Applicants must already have permission as a student dependant to be eligible.
  • Infants born in the UK to Student visa or Tier 4 visa holders are eligible to apply.

Graduate visa conditions

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s applicants are eligible for a 2 year Graduate visa.
  • PhD applicants are eligible for a 3 year Graduate visa.
  • You can work or seek work at any level. You may also be self-employed.
  • This visa can’t be extended, but you can later switch to a sponsored working visa such as Skilled Worker, Global Talent or Innovator Routes.
  • Permission under the Graduate visa does not in itself lead to settlement, except as part of the Long Residence provision.

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