skip to content

International Students


This section has information on visa routes aimed at international students after they complete their studies.

There are currently two visas intended for this purpose. Both have specific eligibility criteria:

Doctorate Extension Scheme – for PhD students who have nearly completed their PhD and want to remain in the UK for a further 12 months to work, look for work, or set up a business.

Start-up route – a two year visa for graduates who demonstrate high entrepreneurial potential and wish to start a business in the UK for the first time.

The UK Government has announced a new graduate immigration route, a post-study visa with more general eligibility requirements to be launched in summer 2021. Confirmed details are not yet available, and the route has not yet passed into law, but what we know so far is outlined on our Graduate route webpage.

You will be able to work on a Tier 4 /Student visa after you have completed your course until its expiry but there are certain restrictions as outlined on our working on a student visa webpage.

Visa requirements are subject to change. Before applying for any UK visa, you should read the relevant guidance in order to understand the full details and requirements at the time of application.

Alternative Visas

There are a number of other visa routes in the UK and eligibility will depend on your personal circumstances.

For further details on all of the different visa options and the latest updates, please see the UKVI website.