THE GRADUATE VISA
The application for the Graduate route is slightly different from the Student-Visa applications. The application process is entirely digital and successful applicants will be issued with an eVisa. The steps to applying are as follows:
Step 1: Create a UK Visas and Immigration account on Gov.UK
Step 2: Use the ‘UK Immigration ID Check’ app to verify your identity by using your BRC or BRP card.
Step 3: Keep your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number handy.
Those who cannot verify their identity using the app may visit a UK Visas and Citizenship Application Services centre (UKVCAS).
If you have applied digitally, then you will receive a notification of the decision on your Graduate route application. You will need to sign into the View and Prove service on Gov.UK to access your eVisa. To do so, you will need:
- Details of your passport, BRP or BRC you used to apply;
- Date of birth;
- Access to the mobile number or email address you used when applying.
If any of your details have been updated since the application, you will need to use your updated details to sign in.
This View and Prove service will allow you to:
- View your eVisa and its corresponding rights in the UK;
- Prove your status to your employers, landlords, etc., with the ‘share code’ facility;
- Update your details using the ‘update details’ function on the View and Prove service.
If you didn’t apply digitally, then you can still use some of the online services to evidence your rights by choosing to use the online right to work service and the online right to rent service to prove your right to work and live respectively in the UK.
When travelling in and out of the UK, your status will be digitally checked on arrival and if you have a UKVI account you will not need to routinely prove your status. Please ensure all your travel documents have been updated to avoid unnecessary delays at the border.
Yes, you will be able to switch to the Skilled Worker route so long as you meet the requirements of the Skilled Worker route. You may also switch to other work routes like the Global Talent and Innovator routes. More information on the different routes can be found on Gov.UK.
You cannot bring in new dependants on the Graduate route. If you have existing dependants as your Student dependants then they may apply as a dependant of a Graduate at the same time you apply. They will also be required to pay the health surcharge as mentioned above. But you may not bring in new dependants.