Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Return of Two year Post-Study Work Visa - 2020

Post study work visa 2020


Last year the UK Government announced the return of two year post-study work visas. 

The new immigration route will allow eligible students at higher education providers, studying any subject, to work for two years after completing their course. From information published so far, we understand that there will be no cap on the number of students who will be able to apply under this route. 

The UK Home Office has confirmed that international students will remain eligible for post-study work rights upon graduation if they begin or continue their studies online in the 2020/21 academic year.


The Home Office has announced key features of the route:

  • It will be open to international students who have successfully completed a course of study at undergraduate (RQF 6) level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance, and who have a valid and extant student visa at the time of application;

  • The application process will be simple. There will be an application fee and applicants will pay the Immigration Health Surcharge;

  • Applicants will be subject to identity, criminality and security checks;

  • The leave period granted will be two years and will be non-extendable. Settlement rights will not be accrued;

  • Individuals will be able to work, or look for work in any sector, at any level;

  • Individuals will be able to switch into the skilled work route if they meet the requirements.
     

Successful students will then (as of 2020) be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after they graduate. During this time, they can job-hunt and work in the UK. Once the two-year period has finished, they can switch to another visa category, such as a Tier 2 Work Visa, or a Spouse Visa.



Reference  - UK Home Office 


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