The New UK Graduate Route Visa: What it means for Prospective African Applicants

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

What is the Graduate Route Visa about?

This is a new Graduate route launched by the UK government, where eligible graduates can remain in the United Kingdom after their studies to seek jobs in their fields at ANY SKILL LEVEL. It is an exciting and unique opportunity to build a successful career in the United Kingdom after your studies.

Is it now open?

According to the UK Government, the Graduate Route will be open for applications from 1 July 2021.

I am an African student. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are.

This route is open to all international students who meet the eligibility requirements.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • You will be required to show proof that you have completed the degree you enrolled for (the program for which you were given a Student/Tier 4 Visa). This can be an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree) or a postgraduate degree (Master’s or Doctorate) at a recognized and approved Higher Education Provider within the United Kingdom.

  • Your student visa must be valid (not expired) by the time you are applying for the Graduate route visa.

Do I need a sponsor to apply?

No. You do not need a sponsor to apply. Your university of study will only confirm to the UK Home Office (the office in charge of Immigration) that you have completed your program successfully.