Working in the UK after your studies
We can currently advise about some post-study work visa options.
Please see UKCISA for full details of options regarding work visas after studying.
Graduate route visa
Please visit the Graduate Route page for more information.
Skilled Worker visa
Skilled Worker visa is for those who have secured sponsorship for an eligible job with an approved employer. An employer will be able to confirm if a job is eligible for the Skilled Worker visa. We can offer basic advice regarding Skilled Worker up to the point of job offer at which point your employer should advise you. Please see the UKVI website for full details regarding Skilled Worker as well as a points calculator to Check if you may be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa.
A student with a valid Student visa is eligible to switch to Skilled Worker in the UK. Those under 26 and students who have studied at degree level on a Student visa can apply as ‘new entrants’ and can show a lower salary, so more roles are eligible. Skilled Worker can lead to settlement after 5 years.
Innovator Founder visa
Innovator Founder visa is aimed at those who want to set up and run an innovative business in the UK. The business or business idea has to be endorsed by an endorsing body.
Youth Mobility Scheme visa
Youth Mobility Scheme visa is a 2 year visa to live and work in the UK for certain passport holders, for the full list see the gov.uk website.
It is not possible to switch into this visa category in the UK from Student visa.
Government Authorised Exchange visa (Temporary Work)
Global Talent visa
High Potential Individual visa
High Potential Individual visa is a 2 year visa for those who graduated from an eligible University overseas in the past 5 years. Essentially a Graduate route visa, but for graduates from selected overseas Universities.
A student with a valid Student visa is eligible to switch to this visa in the UK.
We recommend that you start planning early if you wish to work in the UK after your studies. The Careers Service offers help and advice about working in the UK. Please see their Guide to Finding a Job in the UK for help, this includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions in their visas section such as 'the job application form asks me if I have the right to work in the UK, how should I answer?'
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