Graduate Immigration Route
We know that international students will be worried by the Covid-19 situation and what it means for their immigration status and their studies in the UK. We are hosting live webinars throughout the summer to help students understand the latest visa advice and to assist them with preparing their visa applications. Check out our schedule of events HERE.
UPDATE (June): UK Visa Application Centres and English language testing centres are slowly re-opening however travel is restricted. The ATAS application service is now open.
The Home Office has introduced a number of immigration concessions for students, outlined here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students.
UKCISA regularly updates their advice for students here: Coronavirus (Covid-19): info for international students.
Students will also want to keep up-to-date with the University’s response to Covid-19 on our FAQ pages here: University of Exeter – Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Advice.
Finally, the trained immigration advisers in International Student Support are here to help with any questions or concerns you have during this difficult time. Please email us at email@example.com and one of our advisers will respond as soon as possible.
The UK government has announced that it will introduce the Graduate Immigration Route from the summer of 2021. From this time, students holding a valid Tier 4 visa, who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a UK Higher Education Provider, will be able to remain in the UK and work, or look for work, for 2 years after they complete their studies.
Full details of the scheme are not yet available as it is not expected to pass into legislation until the spring of 2021. You can find the most up to date information via the Home Office. UKCISA have also published a summary and will continue to update their information as and when it becomes available.
Whilst the exact start date for the scheme is not yet known, it is clear that Tier 4 students starting or continuing a degree programme from September 2020 will be able to apply once they have successfully completed their programme. Applications can be made during the post study period, which is the period of time added to your visa after your programme end date.
The University of Exeter is committed to ensuring that all our international students are provided with expert advice and support to enable them to secure a graduate level job, either in the UK or overseas. For more information about the support we offer, please check our Career Zone information for international students.