Posted on April 5, 2021
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The UK government has introduced a new post-study work visa to allow international students from countries like India to stay on for two years after completing their education. With the new visa system, students who were prevented from entering can now travel to various parts of the UK without having an employee sponsorship or any prior job offer.  

The Graduate Route Visa, which was announced last year by the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, is a stretched part of the British government to increase the student populace and attain maximum employability. The new visa application policy is also a revised version of the previously scrapped provision that allows students to find the shorter duration. 

As part of the new orders, the Government Route Visa will be available from July 1, 2021, for all international students who aspire to learn under the British curriculum and get the utmost quality education in UK universities. With this new feature, the UK government plans to widen their education system to give ample career opportunities to over 600,000 students. 

When asked about their new decision, UK's immigration minister Kevin Foster said: "As we rebuild from the global pandemic, we want the world's brightest talent, who aspire to a career at the highest levels of business, science, the arts and technology to see our United Kingdom as the natural place to fulfil their aspirations."

Eligibility criteria for the Graduate Route Visa 2021

eligibility criteria

Foster also shed light on some noteworthy points about the rules and regulations that the English government has decided to follow. These rules are applicable and mandatory for all current/fresher international students seeking education in the UK.  

  • All students affected by the pandemic and were forced into remote learning will now have until June 21 to be physically present in the country (UK) to be eligible for the new Graduate Route Visa 2021. 

  • Before applying, the students must consult with the required university authorities, student accommodation in respective cities and travel within safe air bubble routes. 

  • All international students should have completed an eligible course at an undergraduate or higher level from a recognised UK higher education provider to apply under the new graduate route. 

  • Students who enrolled in any private/public UK university in January or February will have to be physically present by September 27.

  • Eligible international students are entitled to work or look for employment after their studies for a maximum period of 2 years. Students pursuing a Doctoral PhD degree will be given three years for the same. 

  • Students are exempted from minimum salary requirements or caps on numbers and can flexibly look for required career options.   

Also, read how you can avail of free COVID-19 vaccine and testing in the UK free of cost!

Since March 2020, all UK colleges have witnessed a major decline in application attendance from worldwide students. A major reason behind this is the widespread fear of COVID-19 and lockdown in London, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, and barred international travel to the lowest in the past decade. 

Also interesting to observe, India is one of the major contributors to the total international population flocking into the UK. According to statistics, the entire student visas issued to the Indian increased dramatically and reached 53,000 visa applications in 2020. This was a skyrocketing rise of around 42% from last year, representing a total of 23% of all British student visas issued.

Thus, having a new visa scheme in the helm of students will benefit the lost country to revive and inhibit once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students to gain confidence in their career and step into the door of the competitive world. 

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