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Post study work visa advice

Graduate Route visa

The Graduate Route opened from 1 July 2021 for applications. This route allows graduates of eligible courses to stay and work in the UK after completing studies. The application and guidance can be found here.  

Your application does not need sponsorship or any endorsement by an employer or by Sheffield Hallam. The key requirement when you apply is that you have a UK degree that you received during your current period of Tier 4 visa or Student visa. You can only apply in the UK, and the visa is granted for two years (for undergraduate or postgraduates) or three years (for PhD graduates).

Book a place on one of our Graduate Work Visa sessions to learn more and ask any questions you might have. Please make sure you watch this video before attending a workshop with the International Experience Team.

YOU MUST NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED CONFIRMATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY THAT WE HAVE REPORTED YOUR COURSE COMPLETION TO THE HOME OFFICE.

Start-up visa 

Each year, for the Start-up visa, 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.

Skilled Worker visa 

International students on a Tier 4 or Student visa with a job offer for skilled employment from a licensed sponsor can switch into a Skilled Worker visa three months before they are about to complete their studies. Information on this visa is also covered in the Graduate Work Visa session.

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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