A Graduate visa gives you permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successfully completing a course in the UK. You must be in the UK when you apply.
You can apply for a Graduate visa if all of the following are true:
A Graduate visa lasts for 2 years. If you have a PHD or other doctoral qualification, it will last for 3 years. Your visa will start from the day your application is approved.
You must apply before your Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa expires. You can apply after your education provider (such as your university or college) has told the Home Office that you’ve successfully completed the course you took with your Student or Tier 4 (General) student visa. You do not have to wait until you’ve graduated or have been given a certificate.
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents.
When you apply for a Graduate visa, you’ll need to pay the £715 application fee and pay the healthcare surcharge, this is usually £624 for each year you’ll be in the UK.
With a Graduate visa you can work in most jobs, look for work, be self-employed, continue living in the UK with your partner and children if they’re eligible, do voluntary work, travel abroad and return to the UK.
You cannot apply for most benefits (i.e. public funds), or the State Pension or work as a professional sportsperson.