Post university visas


International student visas

Working after your studies

Many countries around the world are looking to ensure they provide the ability for talented students to stay and work. This is usually through student visas which provide a period after graduating during which recent graduates have time to find a job and secure a working visa.

Many of the students we work with fall in love with the countries and exciting new cultures of the places they study so considering what happens after your studies is an important consideration.


Case Study - working in the UK after your studies

In September 2019 the UK announced that it would offer international graduates two year post-study work visas. The incentive here is aimed at creating opportunities for high level graduates to develop their careers in the UK. This new post-study work permit aligns the UK’s appeal for international students, giving a similar offering to Canada. Already, this change has seen our enquiries from international students increase.

The post study work permit in the UK will be open to any international student who has successfully completed their degree in the UK in any subject area. The visa allows you to work, in any career or position, for up to two years after you have completed your studies. The aim gives the UK a more global outlook and will appeal to a lot of potential applicants. It will help students develop their work experience in the UK, opening up the possibility of them staying here longer-term. Following the two-year post study work permit, they can switch to a skilled work visa if they have the right job that aligns with the skill requirement.

Future visa rules

The programme will launch for the 2020/2021 intake of students to university. There will be no cap on numbers and graduates will be able to pursue their careers across many different fields. The aim by the UK government is to keep the best graduates in the UK. Two years gives people enough time to develop their skills and find a job, if they show initiative and can find opportunities at an appropriately skilled level.

This is a positive step for students who want to study in a country where they have the opportunity to develop their longer-term career. At Uni Direct, in the first few weeks since this has been announced, we have had a lot more enquiries from prospective international applicants who want to start in 2019.

Uni Direct, working with our specialist partners, can support you through the student visa application process as a part of our academic mentoring service. If you would like to find out more please contact us to speak to one of our advisers.