Student Immigration

All you need to know about VISAs and studying

New Graduate route to open from 1 July 2021

15 March 2021

In Autumn 2020, the UK Government published updated information concerning the Student immigration route.

On 4 March 2021, legislation was put through to launch the new Graduate immigration route.

It will be opened for applications from 1 July 2021.

For students who began their Master's programme for 2020-21 by distance or blended learning due to Covid-19, they must arrive in the UK before 21 June 2021 (amended from 6 April 2021) to complete their final semester of studies to be eligible for the route. Students who began their Master's programme in January 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.

The Graduate Immigration Route will enable students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or master's degree to remain in the UK for two years after study (three years if they have completed a PhD). Please follow the link above or see the Home Office Fact sheet for more information on the route.

The University Careers and Employability service will be offering a free session on this visa route delivered by Penningtons Law on 24th March from 6-7pm. To join the session, use this link and register

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is offering a FREE webinar about the new route on 25 March 2021 from 2:30-4:00pm. Students should book a place on the UKCISA website.

Kent Union Advice Centre also has information about the route.


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