Graduate Immigration Route

What is the Graduate Immigration Route?

The Graduate Immigration Route gives those sponsored on the Student visa the opportunity to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, for at least two years after successfully completing a course in the UK.


If you are a sponsored student (Tier 4/Student visa holder) we will report successful completion to the Home Office UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) upon release of your results. We will notify you by email once this is complete.

We will not report successful completion if you have a tuition debt to the University. It is therefore imperative that you clear any outstanding debt on your account to avoid any unnecessary delays.  

You should be aware from the outset that unless you have passed your course at the first attempt, you may not be eligible to apply (particularly relevant for postgraduate students). We do not continue sponsorship for resits or resubmissions and certainly not to extend eligibility for the Graduate Route if no academic obligations or contact points are required.

Who can apply?

Read the government webpages for full guidance.

When can I apply?

If you intend to apply for a Graduate visa, you will only be eligible after you have successfully completed your course, ie after you have received your results.

You should not submit an application until after we have confirmed that we have reported your successful completion of your studies. Once we have reported this, you will be able to submit an application at any time prior to your current visa expiry date.

See the results webpage for more details.  

Postgraduate Research students

You must have had your viva, completed any necessary periods of corrections and have gone on the pass list for us to confirm your official completion.

How long does it take to apply?

Once you have submitted your visa application, the Home Office service standard for processing in-country applications is up to eight weeks (Graduate Route applications included).

Please note we cannot guide you on the application or processing aspect as this route is not sponsored by the University. 

What happens if I have failed my exam(s)/module(s), or am awaiting an appeal?  

To be eligible for the Graduate visa you must be in the UK, have completed your course, and still have a valid Student visa. If you do not fulfil these requirement you will not be reported to the Home Office. 

Support with employability and careers

Careers and employability

Make the most of your time at Kent by using the Careers and Employability Service. We provide the advice, workshops and tools to prepare Kent students and graduates for employment and further study after graduation.


If you are interested in a business idea or launching a start-up, in learning more about entrepreneurship or sustainable innovation, ASPIRE, the University-wide space for entrepreneurship and start-ups is here for you. Our co-curricular programme allows you to develop your entrepreneurship skills and prepares you for starting your own venture. See our video about ASPIRE below:

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