The government has issued a factsheet which answers some of the questions surrounding the recently-announced post-study work route.
In brief, it is now clear that:
- The visa will be available for students graduating from summer of 2021 onwards provided they still hold their Tier 4 visa
- Students will have to have completed an undergraduate degree or higher to benefit from the route
- Switching into skilled work at the end of the two year period will be allowed
- The route will not count towards a 5 year route to settlement
How the switch into Tier 2 works is yet to be confirmed and, whilst we can speculate that it will look similar to the requirements for switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2, the Immigration system as a whole is being reviewed and we will just have to wait for more information.
A visa fee will be payable, and the NHS surcharge but no details have been provided on the cost of the visa. The NHS Surcharge is likely to be £400 per year of the visa.
No maintenance requirements for the visa have been stipulated but, given there is a requirement to show sufficient funds for both a Tier 4 and Tier 2 visa, this is also something which is likely to be required for the post-study work visa.
As the route will not count towards a 5 year route to settlement, some students will prefer to switch straight into Tier 2 if the opportunity is available. Therefore, students should make sure they’re up to date with the latest rules around Tier 2 and skilled work and pursue this as a first option if the long-term goal is to settle in the UK.
For more information about switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 please see our previous blogs and follow our social media channels for news about updates to the Immigration Rules.
For advice on any of the visa’s mentioned in our blogs, speak to Farleys’ immigration team on 0845 287 0939 or send your enquiry by email.