Your Quick Guide to the Long Awaited UK Graduate Visa

Updated: Nov 26, 2021

We have great news! The Graduate visa was officially launched on 1st July 2021!

The Basics of a Graduate visa

The Graduate visa is available to international students who have completed a degree at a Higher Education institution in the UK.

This visa allows some graduates to work (including self-employment) or look for work in the UK after completing their studies.

If you have completed a Bachelors or Masters degree, you will be allowed to stay for 2 years. If you have completed a PHD or other doctorial qualification, you will be allowed to stay for 3 years.

One of the perks of this visa is that you will not need to show that you have a certain amount of money available or prove knowledge of the English language, as you did for a Tier 4 or student visa. You also do not need to find a sponsor!

Applying for dependents

Dependents who were last granted a visa as your dependents (when you were a student) will be able to apply for a visa. However, they must be in the UK before applying. Children born to you during your course or while you hold a graduate visa can also apply for a visa.

Applying for a Graduate visa

You must apply from within the UK before your current permission under a Tier 4 or Student visa expires.

You can apply for a Graduate visa online by clicking this link:


The Graduate visa costs £700. However, you will also have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. The Health Surcharge will cost you an additional £624 for each year. As a result, the total IHS cost for a 2-year visa will be £1248.

Extending a Graduate visa

The Graduate visa cannot be extended. However, graduates can switch into the Skilled Worker category.

It is also worth noting that some concessions were put in place for international students affected by COVID-19. Contact us if you would like more information on this.

For more information on this, check out the Gov.Uk website:

All in all, this is great news for international students! Why don't you check out our Q&A on our YouTube Channel for some common queries about the Graduate visa!

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