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Post study work visa advice

On 11 September 2019, the UK Government announced its intentions to create a new ‘Graduate’ visa route which will open from 2020/21 academic year. All international students with a valid Tier 4 student visa who have successfully completed a course of study at undergraduate level or above at a UK Higher Education institution with a record of immigration compliance will be able to apply. The 'Graduate' visa will allow eligible international graduates to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.

Sheffield Hallam University has a track record of immigration compliance and will be able to sponsor international students under this visa category once it becomes available.

In the meantime, international graduates who are not able to apply for the new 'Graduate' visa can consider the following options:

Start-up visa (link to Gov.UK website)

Each year Sheffield Hallam University can endorse up to 15 graduates with a genuine and credible business idea to establish their business in the UK. Please visit Careers Connect for more information.

Tier 2 (General) visa (link to Gov.UK website)

International students on a Tier 4 visa with a job offer for skilled employment from a licensed Tier 2 sponsor can switch into a this visa three months before they are about to complete their studies. We organise a number of events throughout the year offering guidance to international students who would like to secure a Tier 2 (General) Visa at the end of their studies.

Other options you can consider are listed on the UKCISA website.

The International Experience Team offers immigration advice on the choices available to international graduates wishing to work in the UK after studies and support with visa applications.


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