Working in the UK after studies

This section offers some information on working in the UK after studies.

Graduate Route

Graduate visa holders are able to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career as required. When your Graduate route permission is issued you can do any work, either employed or self-employed, except working as a professional sportsperson or coach. You can take work at any level of salary or skill.

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply for a Graduate Visa you must have:

  • a valid Tier 4 or Student Route visa (sponsored by a UK Higher Education Provider (HEP) with a track record of compliance) at the time of application
  • completed the course of study during your current period of Tier 4 or Student Route permission and it must be the same course for which your CAS was assigned (except where you were allowed to change course without applying for a new Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa, and successfully completed the course you changed to)

The Home Office have confirmed that those who Student permission has expired, but who have a valid exceptional assurance, will be able to switch into the Graduate route. This is confirmed on page 11 of the Graduate route caseworker guidance, published on 1 July 2021.  See the full information under "Current immigration status ("visa"), including exceptional assurance" in the linked document.

When and how to apply

You will need to submit the online Graduate Visa application form:

  • on or before your current Tier 4 or Student visa expiry date

 

Application Process

You will be required to:

  • complete and submit the online Graduate Visa application form (it is only possible to apply inside the UK)
  • pay a visa application fee
  • pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge
  • meet requirements including passing security, identity and criminality checks
  • use the IDV app where you have previously applied for a visa in the UK, or, upload your visa application documents and book a biometrics appointment via UKVCAS

 

ISS "Graduate Visa Guide"

Please read our Graduate Visa Guide - this should answer most or all of your questions.

 

Can I have dependants under the Graduate Route?

Dependants who are already in the UK as a Tier 4 Dependant or Student Dependant, can make another Dependant application to be a Graduate Route Dependant.  Dependants must apply at the same time that the student applies under the Graduate Route.

 

Useful links and resources

UKVI Graduate Visa webpages

UKCISA information on the Graduate Route

Immigration Rules: Appendix Graduate

Home Office ‘Covid-19: Guidance for Student sponsors, migrants and Short-term students: Temporary concessions in response to Covid19’ Guidance document

Home Office Graduate Route Fact Sheet

 

Start-up visa

The Start-Up visa route is for those who wish to establish a business in the UK and who have a business plan which has been endorsed by an authorised body approved by the Home Office.  University of Glasgow offer endorsements and business development support for the Start-Up visa route to our current students and graduates. 

Eligibility to Apply

To apply to be considered for an endorsement under the Start-up visa route, you will need to:

  • work closely with Student Enterprise to develop the proposal and formulate a business plan. This will then be assessed and considered by an experienced panel to determine whether UofG will offer a Start-Up endorsement

To apply for the Start-Up visa you will need to:

  • use the endorsement provided by the Immigration Compliance Team at Registry, and
  • agree to a monitoring programme with Student Enterprise (designed to help you develop and grow the business) on successful application to the Start-up visa route

 

When and how to apply

Whether applying inside the UK or outside the UK you must submit the online visa application form within 3 months of the date your ednorsement letter states it was issued.

 

Application Process

You will be required to:

  • complete and submit the online Start-Up visa application form
  • pay a visa application fee
  • pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge
  • meet requirements including passing security, identity and criminality checks
  • use the IDV app where you have previously applied for a visa in the UK, or, upload your visa application documents and book a biometrics appointment via UKVCAS

 

ISS "Start-Up Visa Guide"

Please read our Start-Up Visa Guide - this should answer most or all of your questions.

 

Can I have dependants under the Start-Up visa?

You can apply to have your partner and your children as your Start-Up Dependants. The UKVI webpages confirm who is eligible to be your Dependant and how to apply.  Your Dependants would apply at the same time as you.

 

Useful links and resources

UKVI Start-up visa information

Appendix Start-up (Immigration Rules)

UKCISA information

 

Skilled worker

To apply under the Skilled Worker immigration route, you would need an offer of employment from a UK employer who is on the Register of licensed sponsors to do a specific job. The job must meet minimum salary requirements and must meet minimum skill level requirements.

Useful links and resources

UKVI Skilled Worker visa information

Register of licensed sponsors: workers

UKCISA information

Other categories

UKCISA have a useful summary of other work after study immigration options.

National Insurance Number

A National Insurance (NI) number is a personal number which is used to record your National Insurance contributions. You should apply for a National Insurance number if you have the right to work in the UK and if you’re planning to work in the UK. You can only apply once you are in the UK.

To apply:

  • Read through the eligibility criteria and apply online
  • You will be asked to prove your identity as part of the application process. You will receive an email after you apply telling you how to do this. You may be asked to post photocopies of your documents or to attend an appointment.

Please note that it can take up to 16 weeks, after you prove your identity, to receive your National Insurance number. You can start work without a National Insurance number if you can prove you have the right to work in the UK. Please also note there is no charge to apply for/obtain a National Insurance number.

For full details on the application process, please see the gov.uk webpage.