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Unsponsored graduate program to be made available July 1 for international graduates to live and work in the United Kingdom.


On July 1, graduate students can apply to live and work in the UK without a work sponsorship. Foreign national graduate students with bachelor’s degrees will be allotted years to live in the UK post-graduation, and doctoral students will be allotted 3 years. The new graduate route will allow recent graduates to be able to explore and develop career options with the UK. The UK government will not be setting a minimum salary requirement or a cap to the number of graduates that can utilize this new route.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

The UK is offering this option to help students seek employment within the UK job market post COVID-19. This route will also allow employers to seek newly graduated foreign nationals from within the UK.

Students whose travel plans were pushed back due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in the Fall of 2020 have until June 21, 2021 to enter and be eligible for this new route.

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