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All routes have varying requirements and rules attached to them. On 11 September 2019 the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies

Student Support can advise on the different options that are available to International Students from outside the EEA who wish to remain in the UK and work after graduation.

Graduate Visa (Post Study)

On 11 September 2019, the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route that will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years and three years for PhD students after they have completed their studies.

The Graduate Immigration Route is now available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Student Visa.

Please note: GradDip students are not eligible for the graduate visa.

Eligibility requirements

The route is points-based. All applicants who are eligible for the route will be awarded the full number of points

  • You must have completed your degree (the degree completed must have been the one named on the CAS associated with your Tier4/Student Visa)
  • You must have a valid Tier 4 visa or Student Visa and be in the UK at the time of application
  • You will be required to pay a visa fee and Immigration Health Surcharge for the duration of the Graduate route
  • Graduates who have completed their studies outside the UK due to Covid-19 will be allowed to apply under the graduate scheme on an exceptional basis as long as they meet the other requirements ( (only applicable for 20/21 graduates)
  • If you have been sponsored by a government or other international sponsorship agency, you must have permission from that sponsor to make an application to remain in the UK
  • The College will have to confirm that you have successfully completed your programme to the Home Office and that you are eligible to apply for the graduate visa please do not apply until you have received this confirmation email from the college.
  • If the course is longer than 12 months, you must have spent at least 12 months studying your course inside the UK on a student visa. ( concessions exist for students during the Pandemic)

New Students commencing in September 2022

Most MA programmes commencing September 2022 will be held for **45 weeks in length (11 months). To be eligible for the graduate visa you will be required to have spent the whole duration of your programme in the UK

** Due to the duration of the programme (11 months) you will only be issued an additional 2 months from the end date of your programme instead of 4 months this is because the length of the programme is less than 12 months. You will still be eligible to switch to the graduate visa as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements.

Remote learning outside the UK due to Covid-19 Concessions

  • Students undertaking courses longer than 12 months will not have any distance learning counted against them for the period between 24 January 2020 and 6 April 2022 for eligibility to the Graduate visa This means your course is longer than 12 months you can return to the UK between the above dates and apply for the Graduate visa before your current visa expires. You will still need to meet other eligibility requirements.

Dependants 

Dependants already in the UK as student dependants may apply at the same time as the applicant. No new Joining dependants are permitted.

If you have children born in the UK during your most recent Tier 4/student visa, they will be able to apply as your dependant.

If you received sponsorship from a Government or International Scholarship in the 12 months immediately prior to the date they submit they will need permission from the sponsor and a letter must be provided for this. 

What you can and cannot do on the Graduate Visa

You can

  • Can work at any level other than restricted professions
  • Be self-employed, except as a professional sportsperson or coach  
  • You can only do supplementary study, but not at a student sponsor on a course type permitted under the student route, examples can be evening classes, short courses etc.
  • You can switch into work routes if suitable employment is found
  • If required you will need to register with the police

You cannot

  • Claim public funds 
  • be a professional sportsperson or coach
  • Study at an institution that has a Student Sponsor Route status on a course where the qualification and level of study meet the requirement for the Student Visa. ( a course that will require a CAS to be issued)
  • You will not be able to extend the two-to-three-year period of leave during which work can be undertaking at any skill level.
  • You cannot study at state schools
  • You cannot switch from a Graduate route to a Start-Up visa

Application process

  • Apply online using the following link .www.gov.uk/graduate-visa/apply
  • Once the online process has been completed you will be directed to an online app that will need to be downloaded on your phone and follow the instructions.
  • ID Check App will allow you to upload your BRP and passport and have your CAS number ready. See video instructions on how to use this app are available.
  • If an app cannot be used for example you have lost your BRP card you will be able to access to the UK online form and a BRP appointment will be required.
  • You will need to pay £700 and £624 per year for the Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Your dependant can apply if they are already in the UK
  • The standard processing time is 8 weeks
  • You do not need to be sponsored on this route
  • You must have successfully completed your degree
  • You will be able to switch to skilled visa routes

Required Documents for application

  • You will need your CAS number from your CAS letter for your current programme
  • If you are graduate this year you must have spent some time in the UK
  • You must have a valid student visa
  • Your BRP card or Passport if you only have a vignetted stamped in your passport

Your Visa

eVisa

When your visa is granted, the visa will be digital also known as an E visa. The digital status will enable you to prove your right to live and work in the UK online.

Please note: Visa Nationals will also be issued a new BRP card. This will need to be shown in order to travel to the UK whilst your graduate visa is valid. We advise you to wait until you get your BRP card before travelling abroad.

Settlement

The route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement. However, graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to apply to work routes, including the Skilled Worker, Global Talent Visa (Exceptional Promise) which is a route to settlement.

Useful resources

Further information

If you have any questions about the Graduate visa please contact [email protected]

Immigration rules and policy are subject to change. These webpages are updated as soon as possible following any changes but relevant pages of the Home Office website should be checked for the latest information. Student Support can only provide information and advise on current policy; it is not possible to speculate on future immigration changes or developments in relation to post-study visa options. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with any changes in relation to the immigration rules and regulations.

Start-up visa

Eligibility

You will need the following to be eligible:

Before you apply you need to have your business or business idea assessed by an approved body.

You must also:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • meet the English language requirement
  • Meet the financial Requirements £945 in your bank/savings account for 90 consecutive days

Criteria for endorsement

The Home Office criteria for getting an endorsement for your business is:

  1. Innovation – Is there a genuine business plan that meets new or existing market needs and/or creates a competitive advantage?
  2. Viability – Does the applicant have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and market awareness to successfully run the business?
  3. Scalability – Is there evidence of structured planning and of potential for job creation and growth into national and international markets?

Stage 1: Endorsement

Royal College of Art (RCA) Endorsement

InnovationRCA

The Royal College of Art is an authorised UK HEI able to endorse a limited number of Start-up visas, which allows entrepreneurial graduates with world class innovative ideas to remain in the UK to develop their businesses following graduation. The Start-up category is for early-stage but high potential entrepreneurs who are starting a business in the UK for the first time.

Outstanding graduates who win a place in the InnovationRCA Incubator may be endorsed to stay in the UK to develop their businesses with this one-off, two-year visa.

To qualify for the Start-up Visa, candidates will need to apply to the InnovationRCA Start-up Programme.

How to apply for an RCA endorsement

The Royal College of Art, through the InnovationRCA incubator programme, is able to endorse up to 15 RCA students per year (subject to confirmation) for a Start-up Visa. To apply for the endorsement, you must participate in the annual selection process. There are some additional gateways for those applying via the Start-up visa route. 

If your application is successful you will receive the RCA's endorsement letter in time to submit your visa application before your Student Visa expires

Other higher education endorsing bodies

Recent graduates can also apply for endorsement from different  Higher Education Endorsing Bodies

Please note: Just like the RCA other HEI's might only endorse their graduates please check before applying.

Read the Higher education endorsing bodies list. You should only approach ones that are suitable for your business idea.

Business endorsing bodies

You can also apply for endorsement from business endorsing bodies. Before you contact an endorsing body, you should consider the content of the information and visit their website. You should only contact an endorsing body if you are applying for an endorsement from them.

Read the business endorsing bodies list. You should only approach ones that are suitable for your business idea.

Please note: An endorsement does not guarantee that you will be issued a start-up visa. This decision is made by the Home Office when you submit your visa application.

Stage 2: Start-Up Visa Application

When to apply

  • Applications must be submitted within three months of receiving the endorsement and prior to your Student Visa expiring.
  • If the application is submitted before your Student Visa expires, it is possible to remain in the UK under the conditions of the expired Student Visa until the new application is decided.
  • If your Student Visa expires before you have received an endorsement, you must return home and make your application from there.

How to apply

The full rules and eligibility for this scheme are contained in Appendix W of the immigration rules. The Home Office website has a guide to applying for the Startup scheme and they have published guidance for Home Office staff assessing applications.  

If you apply from within the UK must apply online.

Providing biometric information and supporting documents. 

When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).

You’ll also need to submit your supporting documents. You can:

  • upload them into the online service
  • have them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment

You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.

If you are applying from outside the UK, you must complete this online application form

You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of your application. You’ll have to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK (even if you actually arrive at a later date).

Documentation

Required documentation

  • passport/ID card
  • a passport photograph
  • a printed copy of your endorsement letter
  • financial evidence

Financial evidence: if you are applying from within the UK, you will need to demonstrate that you have held a minimum of £945 in a bank account in your name for a consecutive period of 90 days prior to applying.

If you are applying from outside the UK, you will need to show that you have held a minimum of £1,890 in a bank account in your name for 90 consecutive days prior to applying.

Evidence of qualifications: If you are being endorsed by a different HEI to the one that you graduated from, you will need to submit the original certificate of qualification and evidence of English Language ability.

Dependent(s)

You can have your dependent(s) with you in the UK on a Start-up visa.

Read the guidance on dependant applications on the home office website.

Information on financial requirements and how to apply can be found on the Home Office website.

Length of leave

12 months, with the possibility of extending for a further 12 months if there is a further endorsement.

Fees

Applications made in the UK – £493

Applications made outside the UK – £363

Dependent fees

Application made in the UK – £493 (each dependent)

Application made outside the UK – £363 (each dependent)

Further information

Immigration rules and policy are subject to change. These webpages are updated as soon as possible following any changes but relevant pages of the Home Office website should be checked for the latest information. Student Support can only provide information and advise on current policy; it is not possible to speculate on future immigration changes or developments in relation to post-study visa options. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with any changes in relation to the immigration rules and regulations.

Global Talent Visa ( Exceptional Talent/Promise)

The Global Talent Visa is available for creative practitioners, cultural workers and international experts from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to live and work in the UK and benefit from and contribute to UK cultural life.

Applicants for the Global Talent Visa must be 'established as, or demonstrate potential to become, a world-leading artist and/or an internationally recognised expert in their field within the arts'.

The visa is for leaders or emerging leaders in:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Digital technology
  • Arts and Culture

Eligibility 

To be eligible you need to be endorsed by the relevant Home Office approved endorsing bodies:

Stage 1 Endorsements

This is when your skills, abilities, and achievements are assessed to enable the endorsing body to decide whether you should be endorsed in order to progress to Stage 2 of your application.

Arts Council England – for arts, culture, fashion, architecture, film and television applications ( This area is more applicable to RCA students)

There are two routes available,

  • Exceptional Talent is for people who are already established as leading practitioners or recognised experts in their field 
  • Exceptional Promise is for people who have the potential to become leading practitioners or recognised experts in their field. 

You can apply if you are a recent University graduate; however, you must still be able to meet the criteria as outlined above. Student productions, work created as part of a degree or master’s course or student awards for example, would not normally be enough to evidence the level of professional experience they need to see. However, if you have been working in professional contexts alongside your course of study within the last five years you may still be able to meet the criteria. They would advise that if you are a recent graduate the evidence you submit with your application should not be related to your course of study.

They expect you to be able to show that within the last five years you have been delivering regular work of recognised quality in professional contexts in one or more countries. You would need to show that you have been recognised as having the potential to become a leader in your field by experts in your field and in the media, through winning or being nominated for established awards in your field and through being booked to take part in professional programmes of work

Workshops on how to prepare your documents will be held in January 2022. For more information please email [email protected]

Application Fee: Stage 1

  • Stage 1: Endorsement, £456

It is recommended you start with Stage 1 first and once you are endorsed you the proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2 Visa Application

If you are granted an endorsement you must apply for your visa for leave to enter or remain. You must apply within three months from your endorsement.

Note: Individuals with Student Visas cannot apply for leave to remain but to enter. This means you can only apply for stage 2 from outside the UK.

Application Fee: Stage 2: 

  • Stage 2: Visa application, £152

Length of Leave 

You can apply to stay for between 1 and 5 years. You only have to pay the healthcare surcharge for the amount of time you choose to stay.

You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you like. Each extension can last from 1 to 5 years.

You can apply for settlement once you’ve been in the UK for:


  • 3 years with an exceptional talent visa
  • 3 years with an exceptional talent endorsement
 in science
  • 3 years with an endorsement under the UKRI endorsed funder scheme
  • 5 years with an exceptional promise endorsement in either arts and culture or digital technology

What can I do and cannot do on this visa

You can:

  • work - for an employer, as a director of a company or be self-employed
  • change jobs without telling the Home Office
  • do voluntary work
  • travel abroad and return to the UK
  • bring family members with you

You cannot:

  • get public funds
  • work as a doctor or dentist in training
  • work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach

Arts and Culture (Supported Disciplines)

Combined arts:  Carnival arts, festivals or large-scale outdoor events and spectacles and interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary arts practitioners. Applications from people working in positions such as producers, directors and curators in these areas would be considered.

Dance:  Dancers performers practitioners.

Literature:  Writers and literature practitioners working in areas such as poetry or prose fiction (in print, digital or live), storytelling, translation, graphic novels and comics or writing and illustration for children and young people. However, journalism, general arts writing, academic writing about the arts or writing for lifestyle magazines are not supported. Screenwriting for Film or TV would not be considered as Literature.

Music:  Musicians, performers, and practitioners including curators, teachers, producers directors in this area.

Theatre:  Actors and theatre practitioners in areas such as musical theatre, physical theatre and mime, plays or narrative drama (excluding Film or TV), experimental theatre, comedy, pantomime, circus, variety and cabaret and puppetry

Applications from people working in positions such as producers, directors, playwrights, writers and dramaturgs, designers (such as lighting, sound or set design), vocal coaches or stage managers in these areas will be considered.

Visual arts:  Artists, arts practitioners or designer/makers working areas such as drawing, painting or printmaking, sculpture and installations, artist-led animation, illustration (such as concept art, comic art, picture books, zines and other narrative or sequential illustration, but does not include technical, scientific, medical or fashion illustration) live and performance art, mixed media art, digital or computer art, graphic design (Graphic and motion design or illustration techniques for commercial designs or branding are excluded) ceramics, pottery or crafts (such as, woodworking or turning, silversmiths or metalwork, jewellery, glasswork or textiles), photography (except documentary photography), artists film and moving image and sound art (including site-specific installations or sound installations, ‘audioscapes’, sound walks and sound mapping and performance art, or noise or sonic art). Curators in Visual Arts Work primarily intended for Film or TV, commercial games or mass-market media distribution will not be considered.

Museums & galleries:  Applications from artists, arts practitioners and curators who deliver arts-focused activity in museum or gallery settings. By ‘arts focused activity’ related to our supported artforms (Combined Arts, Dance, Literature, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts). Practise involves museum-focused activity such as preserving, conserving or archiving collections, archaeology and social history, anthropology and world cultures, natural history, military history, science, industry and technology or research would not be supported.

Fashion: The British Fashion Council (BFC) assess applications under Exceptional Talent and Exceptional Promise criteria from fashion designers on the behalf of Arts Council England.

Architecture:  The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) assess applications under Exceptional Talent and Exceptional Promise applications from architects and architectural designers.

Further information

Immigration rules and policy are subject to change. These webpages are updated as soon as possible following any changes but relevant pages of the Home Office website should be checked for the latest information. Student Support can only provide information and advise on current policy; it is not possible to speculate on future immigration changes or developments in relation to post-study visa options. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with any changes in relation to the immigration rules and regulations.

Skilled Worker Route

Tier 2 (General) visa route was replaced with the Skilled Worker Route from 1 December 2021. This visa route is for people seeking permanent employment in the UK. This advice guide is aimed at current students holding a Student visa, who are considering working in the UK after they complete their studies from the RCA.

Requirements 

To apply for a skilled worker route, you need to show you have  the following:

Switching from a Student visa to Skilled Worker (new entrants)

You can switch from a Student visa to a Skilled Worker Route from within the UK if:

  • You have a valid Student visa in the UK
  • You have been offered a graduate-level job at ( RFQ level 6 or above ) with skilled route sponsor and be paid the appropriate salary for that job (check online if the employer is on Skilled Worker & Temporary worker list)
  • You have completed your degree programme or are within three months of the official programme end date as stated on your CAS
  • You are a PhD student who has completed 12 months of your PhD
  • You have permission from your government sponsor or international sponsor to remain in the UK to work. ( a written letter must be provided)
  • No financial evidence is required if you apply in the UK

If you are applying from outside the UK: 

  • Your Tier 4/Student visa must have expired less than two years before the date of application. 
  • You must demonstrate you have had £1,270 for at least 28 days in a bank account 

You can also switch to a Skilled Worker route visa if you’re:

  • a dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4/Student visa

Level of job and salary

  • If you apply in the UK and you still have leave remaining on your  Tier 4/Student visa:
  • The job must be at graduate level, or an eligible  job on the Immigration Rules Appendix Skilled Occupations
  • Your employer must pay you a minimum of £20,480, whichever is higher as a 'new entrant
  • Your employer must issue you a Certificate of Sponsorship ( CoS) 

Exemptions on a Tier 4/Student visa 

  • Your employer will no longer be conducting a Resident Labour Market Test.
  • Your employer will be able to generate an unrestricted CoS for your Skilled Worker application..
  • Your employer will be exempt from the Immigration Skills Charge.
  • You will not need to provide an overseas criminal record certificate.

NB: Employers wishing to recruit someone who has to apply for Skilled Worker from outside the UK are no longer subject to undertaking all of the above. 

The shortage occupation list: Where these rules refer to jobs which appear on the Shortage Occupation List, this means only those specific jobs within each Standard Occupational Classification code where stated, where the further specified criteria are met.

How to apply

Before applying you should read the Immigration Rules Appendix Skilled Worker carefully.

  • Get a CoS from your employer
  • Current valid passport + current valid visa / Biometric Residence Permit
  • Police Certificate (if applicable ) 
  • Original degree certificate from the RCA (If your degree certificate is unavailable, you will need to visit Registry to obtain an academic reference on headed paper from the RCA confirming one of the following:
  1. the date that you completed your course, having sat all exams and presented all academic papers
  2. that you have studied more than 12 months of a PhD
  3. that you are within 3 months of your expected course end date + what that course end date is.

Please note: if you obtain this letter in advance of your expected course end date and use it to support your Skilled Worker visa application, do note that your work rights will only change once your Skilled Worker visa has been granted.

  • Letter of consent to remain in the UK, if you were fully sponsored for your studies by an official financial sponsor
  • Completed online application form: visas-immigration.service.gov.uk

Healthcare surcharge

You may have to pay a healthcare surcharge (called the ‘immigration health surcharge’ or IHS) in addition to your visa application fee. Check how much you may have to pay.

How long can I stay in the UK?

The visa will be issued for up to five years depending upon the length of your employment. You can apply to extend for a further period of leave if you are still employed at the time of your visa expiring.

Dependent(s)

You can have your dependent(s) with you in the UK on a Skilled Worker visa.

Information on financial requirements and how to apply can be found on the Home Office website.

Fees

How much you pay for a Skilled Worker visa depends on the type of visa and where you are.

  • For up to three years:  £704 Standard Service in the UK
  • For more than three years: £1,408 Standard Service in the UK

If your job is on the Shortage Occupational List you will pay a lower application fee.

  • £464 if you’re staying for up to three years
  • £928 if you’re staying for more than three years

The fee is the same whether you’re applying from inside or outside the UK.

If you are from an eligible country your application fee will automatically be reduced to £55. The countries are: 

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden or Turkey.

Healthcare surcharge

You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply. 

If you’re applying to extend or switch in the UK

Once you have submitted your online application and you’ll need to use UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS)  booking fees will apply for:

  • your biometric information (fingerprints and photo) You will need to 
  • supporting documents for your application

You’ll be told if you need to use UKVCAS when you apply.

You’ll need to pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.

The processing time

Decisions are usually made:

  • within eight weeks of your application date if you use the standard service
  • within five working days of your UKVCAS appointment if you use the priority service you can pay an extra £500 for the priority service to get a decision within five working days providing.
  • You can pay an extra £800 for the super-priority service to get a decision by the end of the next working day of your UKVCAS appointment is on a weekday or two working days if your appointment is on the weekend.

Dependent(s)

  • For up to three years:  £704 (each person) Standard Service in the UK
  • For more than three years  A – £1,408 (each person) Standard Service in the UK
  • For faster decision priority and super-priority service applies as above 

Further information

Immigration rules and policy are subject to change. These webpages are updated as soon as possible following any changes but relevant pages of the Home Office website should be checked for the latest information. Student Support can only provide information and advise on current policy; it is not possible to speculate on future immigration changes or developments in relation to post-study visa options. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with any changes in relation to the immigration rules and regulations.

Tier 5 Temporary Worker (Creative and Sporting)

This visa allows employers to bring individuals to the UK on a temporary basis to undertake specific types of work. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this visa you will need to have a job offer and Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a licensed Home Office Tier 5 Sponsor.

In addition to this you will need to meet the eligibility criteria, as listed on the Home Office website.

How to apply

Applications must be made from outside the UK. It is not possible to switch into this category from within the UK.

Before making your application you should read the Tier 5 Policy Guidance carefully.

You will need to complete the online application form that can be found on the Home Office website

How long can I stay in the UK?

The visa will be issued for the duration of the temporary contract, up to 12 months. It may then be possible to extend for a further 12 months, if you continue to meet the eligibility criteria and remain with the same employer.

Dependent(s)

It is possible to have your dependent(s) with you in the UK with this visa.

Information on financial requirements and how to apply can be found on the Home Office website.

Fees

£244 (with an additional £244 for each dependent)

Further information

Immigration rules and policy are subject to change. These webpages are updated as soon as possible following any changes but relevant pages of the Home Office website should be checked for the latest information. Student Support can only provide information and advise on current policy; it is not possible to speculate on future immigration changes or developments in relation to post-study visa options. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with any changes in relation to the immigration rules and regulations.

Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange (GAE)

The Tier 5 (GAE) visa is for individuals who wish to come to the UK for a short period for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an authorised body on the list of approved government authorised exchange schemes.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you need to have received a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for a job, from one of the schemes on the approved Home Office list.

In addition to this you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient finances to support yourself during your stay. You will need to evidence that you have £945 in a bank account in your name and that you have held this amount for a period of 90 consecutive days, prior to applying.

How to apply

You must apply within three months of receiving your CoS.

Before you apply, read the Tier 5 Policy Guidance carefully.

You can apply to switch into this visa category in the UK if you currently have leave to remain on a Tier 4 visa and you have completed a UK Bachelor's degree or Master's degree, or you have completed 12 months towards a UK PhD.

You can apply online to switch into this category by using the application form on the Home Office website.

A decision will be made in eight weeks.

Documentation

In addition to completing the application form you will need to submit the following documents;

  • passport/ID card
  • a passport photograph
  • CoS
  • evidence of your finances as stated above
  • a tuberculosis test ( if you are applying from a country which requires this)

How long can I stay in the UK

You can stay in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months (depending upon the scheme you are applying for) or the time given on your CoS plus 28 days, whichever is shorter.

Dependent(s)

You can have your dependent(s) with you in the UK on a Tier 5 (GAE) visa.

Information financial requirements and how to apply can be found on the Home Office website.

Fees

Apply outside the UK – £244

Switch in the UK – £244

Switch in the UK via priority service – additional fee of £500, Super priority an additional fee of £800

Dependent(s)

Apply outside the UK – £244 (each person)

Switch in the UK – £244 (each person)

Switch in the UK via priority service – additional fee of £500, Super priority an additional fee of £800

Further information

Immigration rules and policy are subject to change. These webpages are updated as soon as possible following any changes but relevant pages of the Home Office website should be checked for the latest information. Student Support can only provide information and advise on current policy; it is not possible to speculate on future immigration changes or developments in relation to post-study visa options. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with any changes in relation to the immigration rules and regulations.

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) is for individuals who have a certain type of British Nationality or are from certain countries. The YMS enables these individuals to live and work in the UK for a period of up to two years.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this visa you must be aged between 18 and 30 and from one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan
  • India

You can also apply if you are 18–30 and:

You can't apply if you have:

  • children who live with you
  • children you are financially responsible for
  • already been in the UK under the scheme or the former 'working holidaymaker' scheme

How to apply

Applications must be made outside of the UK.

If you are a citizen of Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan, you must obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) before you can apply.

You can apply for the CoS by following the relevant links provided on the Home Office website.

You must make your application within three months of obtaining the CoS.

Before making your application you should read the Tier 5 Policy Guidance carefully.

Applications for the Tier 5 YMS visa can be made online via the Home Office website.

Documentation

In addition to completing the application form you will need to provide the following documents:

  • passport/ID card
  • a passport photograph
  • a bank statement showing that you have £1,890
  • your tuberculosis test result (if you are applying from a country that requires it)
  • your CoS (if you are applying from a country that requires it)

How long can I stay in the UK

You will be given a visa to live and work in the UK for 24 months.

Dependent(s)

You cannot have your dependent(s) with you in the UK on this type of visa.

Fees

£225

Further information

Immigration rules and policy are subject to change. These webpages are updated as soon as possible following any changes but relevant pages of the Home Office website should be checked for the latest information. Student Support can only provide information and advise on current policy; it is not possible to speculate on future immigration changes or developments in relation to post-study visa options. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with any changes in relation to the immigration rules and regulations.

Contact us

If you have any outstanding questions, contact the Student Support team

Email us at
[email protected]
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