On July 1, 2021, the latest Graduate path will open for submissions, enabling the UK to attract the brightest minds foreign students who will contribute greatly to economy and society after graduation.
To qualify for the Graduate pathway, international students should have finished a qualifying program at a UK higher education provider and have a proven record of adhering to the government's immigration criteria. Graduate students will be free to work or search for work for a duration of two years after completing their studies, or three years for Ph.D. students.
The introduction of the new Graduate path demonstrates that the government is sticking to its core proclamation pledge of implementing a points-based immigration scheme that will draw talents and enable employers to hire the best and brightest from around the world to propel the economy forward.
The Student the path can support communities around the UK, meaning that skilled individuals wish to continue their studies. It will benefit communities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Kevin Foster, the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, 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 fulfill their aspirations.”
“The changes announced today will ensure once they have received a gold standard qualification from one of our world-leading education institutions they can easily secure the status they need to continue living, working, and fulfilling their dreams in the The UK”
The new path will be available for applicants on July 1, 2021, to overseas students who successfully manage to complete an undergraduate degree or higher in The UK, as outlined in the Immigration Rules laid before Parliament on 4th March.
The path for graduated students would be unsponsored, which means that students will not be required to have a career offer in order to apply. There would be no minimum wage conditions or limit to the number of positions available.
Graduates who choose this path will be capable of working flexibly, would be able to change jobs, and further their careers as desired.
The UK is planning to increase the number of an international student in the UK to 600,000 by the year 2030 and for this UK government is going to implement different strategies and this new route will also help the UK economy. Concessions for students unable to fly to the UK due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have since been lengthened, acknowledging the ongoing uncertainty caused by foreign travel bans for many international students who are willing to study in the UK.
As part of a package of measures for highly qualified refugees, the government announced plans to open another new immigration path to help start-ups and fast-growing businesses attract the expertise they need to develop and expand in recently discussed Budget. Highly qualified immigrants who have a work offer from an acknowledged high-growth firm would be eligible for a visa without any need for funding or third-party approval as part of the pathway.