Post-Study Visa Options For International Tech Graduates
Tier 4 international students intending to stay in the UK after their studies have finished have to apply to the Home Office for permission to remain here lawfully.
What are your visa options post-study?Your visa options post-study will depend on your specific circumstances, and on what you plan to do after you've graduated. We look at some of the more common routes for Tier 4 visa holders, but taking professional advice on your own situation is recommended to ensure you are considering all options to best suit your eligibility and needs.
Continuing your studies in the UKYou may be eligible to apply to extend your existing Tier 4 visa, either to continue a course or start a new one, but you must be sponsored and the application has to be made within strict timescales.
Alternatively, a number of UK universities offer the Tier 4 visa pilot scheme which allows visa holders to apply to study on a Masters course of up to 13 months with a further 6 months added to your visa to allow you to look for job roles in the UK.
Speak to your international student office for more information about eligibility and availability.
Long-term relationship basisA number of options may be available to you under the long-term relationship rules such as civil partnership and spouse visas. The rules are strict however to deter fraudulent applications, and eligibility will depend on yours and your partner's circumstances.
Next stepsWhether you want to find a job, continue your studies, start a business or make investments after your course has ended in the UK, you'll need to ensure you have your new visa in place before your current Tier 4 visa ends.
Publish: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:19 PM