Post Study Work Visa for UK

Everything You should Know about Post Study Work Visas for UK

BREAKING NEWS!!! After completing your studies in the UK, You can now work there for two years, under Post Study Work Visa (UK Graduate Immigration Route).

Graduate route

The Graduate route is available to international students who successfully complete their degree at the undergraduate level or above at a UK Higher EducationProvider with a track record of compliance. International students present in the UK before 6 April 2021 will still be eligible for the two-year graduate route if you meet the other requirements of the route, even if you begin your course online before traveling to the UK in person. This is a fantastic opportunity for international students that will help you with your first steps into employment after graduation.

When you apply for a Graduate visa, you’ll need to:

  • pay the £715 application fee
  • pay the healthcare surcharge – this is usually £624 for each year you’ll be in the UK

You’ll be told how much you need to pay when you apply.
Healthcare surcharge
You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge when you apply.
If you’re eligible for a Graduate visa for:
2 years – it will cost £1,248
3 years – it will cost £1,872
Cost for more than one year
If your visa is for more than a year, you’ll have to pay:
the yearly cost plus half the yearly cost, if it’s for 18 months or less
the cost of 2 full years, if it’s for more than 18 months but less than 2 years
Paying for dependents
Dependents aged 18 or over usually need to pay the same amount as you.
If you apply online, you pay the surcharge as a part of the application & if you apply by post, you must pay before sending the application.

More information about the Graduate route is available online:


Previous Update

Home Office head of Student Migration Policy, Paul Jeffrey, confirmed during the Universities UK conference that it is highly likely that the new regulations will apply to those students who graduate from the summer 2021 onwards. So, If your Bachelor’s OR Master’s degree ends after Summer 2021, you will be eligible for Post-study Work Visa for the UK. Similarly, if your Bachelor’s OR Master’s degree ends before Summer 2021, you may not get the benefit of PSW.

To be eligible for PSW of UK, graduates must have completed a degree at an undergraduate or a higher level from an institution OR University with a track record of compliance with the Home Office’s immigration rules.

With Post Study Work, Students will have an opportunity to stay and work or search for work, in the UK at any skill level for a maximum two years period. Graduates will also be able to switch into skilled work once they have found a suitable job. The official name of PSW is UK Graduate Immigration Route. Please don’t get confused if you hear any either of the name. UK Government announced the creation of a new graduate immigration route on the 11 September 2019. However please remember, students starting course in Jan 2020 OR after will be eligible for the Post Study Work Visa. So don’t rush for earlier intakes. Only Few Overseas Education consultants like us will advise you on such important points to consider.

Other Important Key facts of Post Study Work

  • Those students who graduate and whose leave expires before this Visa is introduced will not be eligible for it. This is very much important to understand.
  • This PSW will be two years long and would be a separate visa, requiring a new visa application (including payment of the visa fee) and payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge. The exact fee will be announced in the future.
  • This PSW is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement period. However, graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to switch into skilled work, which is a route to settlement.

Important Statistics of Indian students studying in the United Kingdom

  • 96% of Indian students who applied for a Tier 4 student visa in the last year were successful. This is Huge success rate when compared to other study destinations like the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
  • In the year ending June 2019, nearly 22,000 students from india successfully obtained a Tier 4 study visa – 42% higher than the 15,000 who did so in the previous year.
  • This also meant that the number of Indian students in the UK has almost doubled in the last two years – from over 11,700 in the year to June 2017 to almost 22,000 in the year ending June 2019.
  • Overall, over 610,000 Indian nationals were granted a visa last year – over 1 in 5 of all visa that the UK granted.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is post study work visa coming back in UK?

Yes PSW is back on the 11 September 2019. However Student start study in 2020 OR After will get the benifit of PSW. Previous students OT Students plan to study in 2019 may not get the benifit of PSW.

If I start study in September 2019, will I get benifit of this post study work rule?

It depends onFurther announcement and duration of your course. For eaxmple you are going for 1 year of master course in September 2019, there might be less chance of getting benifit of PSW. In case of opting for bachelor degree of 3-4 years, chances are high.

If you start in 2020 OR After and opting for Bachelor degree OR Higher from eligible institutes, you will get the benifit of Post study work rules.

Can I work in the UK after study in UK?

Yes, You can work for 2 years under new UK Graduate Immigration Route (Post study work visa) If your Bachelor OR Master degree will completed in Summer 2021 OR After.

How long can international students stay in UK after graduation?

It depends on Many Factors.  For example if your degree course will complete in Summer 2021 OR After, You will be eligible for New PSW Visa (UK Graduate Immigration Route).

If Employer is willing and eligible to sponsor your OR You want to start business, You may be eligible for other visaa.

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