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Graduate 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.

Attend a live webinar for the latest visa advice and how to prepare a Tier 4 visa application. Register HERE.

Key updates (22 September):

Read the latest information on travellng to the UK (England) and self-isolating.

BRP Collection if you have chosen to send your BRP card to the University, we will contact you as soon as it arrives with instructions on how to collect it.  Please do not come to campus as building are not yet open.

Visa Application Centres are re-opening with reduced services, check VFS or TLS Contact for information specific to your country or UKVCAS for UK information. 

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) increases from £300 to £470 per year from 1 October 2020.

Tier 4 Pilot Scheme closes 04 October 2020.  Masters students starting in October 2020 must submit their visa application on or before this date to qualify.

05 October 2020 new Immigration Rules take affect.  'Tier 4' becomes 'Student' visa.

The new Hong Kong BN(O) visa route opens January 2021.

The Graduate Route, the UK's new 2 year working visa, opens summer 2021.

Useful links: 

Remote study for students based in mainland China: request access to Alibaba Cloud.

The University’s information for students returning to campus.

Self-isolation activities programme The University have put together several activities during this 14-day period. Exeter Based Students and Cornwall Based Students.

Full Home Office concessions for students is 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.

Contact us:

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 and one of our advisers will respond as soon as possible.

The UK government has announced that it will introduce the Graduate 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 (or 3 years if they have completed a PhD).

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.


As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic it is possible that some students may need or choose to study part of their programme from their home country before coming to the UK.  The UK government has announced that to be eligible for the Graduate Route applicants will need to be present in the UK by 6th April 2021 and then complete the final part of their studies here.

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