Validity duration of the UK post-study work visa:
The time period allowed under the UK post study work visa is of 2 years in order to find suitable job in the UK during that time span. Also, there are currently no chances for this kind of visa to get extended, but the UK post study work visa holders may likely to get their visa kind switched with the UK general work visa, for instance, they may get transitioned into the skilled work route in case of having an appropriate employment that would have to fulfill the criteria of the skilled work route.
Process of the UK post study work visa:
In order to attain the UK post-study work visa, the international students would be needed to submit an application for it prior to the TIER-4 visa expiry date. There would be a fee required for the application submission of UK post study work visa that has yet to be decided. Moreover, the application process needs to be carried out within the country. In addition to the visa application fee, the UK post-study work visa holders would be demanded to pay the ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’ similarly to other UK immigrant categories.
As far as the sponsor requirement is concerned, it is not applicable in case of the UK post-study work visa under TIER-4 visa route unlike all other UK visa categories. The universities are not supposed to act as a sponsor for the international students after completing their studies. However, the university from which the UK post-study visa holder would be graduating from is demanded to be legally recognised by the UK government and must be included in the list of “Licensed Sponsors” given by the British government itself.
Impact of Brexit on the UK post study work visa:
Brexit, which mainly refers to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU), has visibly imparted a great effect on those international students that belong to the EU states in terms of their rights’ amendments. The newly introduced UK post-study work visa has been deemed to be a responsive strategy after Brexit especially in order to assure that UK universities would still be the centre of the qualitative education for the foreign talented students opening the doorway to a great number of career opportunities for them. The UK post-study work visa is primarily for the international students with TIER-4 visa. However, the qualifying capacity of the foreign students belonging to the EU may be similar to any other foreign student on the grounds of being TIER-4 visa holders, but still the definitive decisions regarding the rights of EU students in the UK are still not confirmed being dependent on the post-Brexit agreements between the EU and the UK. While the EU students are currently given the status of ‘Home Students’ in the UK as they are allowed to have employment in any kind of work field, but it may vary according to the revised policy regarding both Brexit and UK post-study work visa.
Objective behind introducing UK post study work visa:
The UK has successfully captivated the attention of a multitude of international students with its remarkably eminent universities that offer the students with considerable high-quality education as well as enhanced practical approach. Along with providing the perfect academic guidance to the students in their respective fields, the UK universities are also highly involved in making them efficient in their respective professional fields as well. After introducing the UK post-study work visa, this exceptionally significant feature further escalates to a step forward as the international students along with the native ones would be allowed to seek employment and further career opportunities in the UK in order to build a strong career base. After the 2-years duration of this UK post-study work visa under the TIER-4 visa route, the UK post study work visa holders may also apply to switch for the UK general work visa under the skilled worker route or in case of finding any other appropriate employment that would meet the criteria requirements of the concerned immigration policy.