International students can jump for joy as the new, much-awaited Graduate route is now live. Under the pathway, students can continue to stay in the United Kingdom after completing their studies to work or look for work, for a maximum period of two years, or three years for doctoral students.
The Graduate route allows students to easily secure the status they need to continue living and working in UK, and applies to all corners of the country.
The Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Kevin Foster, said: "As we rebuild from the global pandemic we want the world's brightest talent who aspire to a career at the highest levels of business, science, the arts and technology to see our United Kingdom as the natural place to fulfill their aspirations."
The pathway is unsponsored, meaning applicants will not need a job offer on hand to apply. There will be no minimum salary requirements nor caps on numbers.
Applicants who began their studies by this autumn need to have entered the UK by June 21 to be eligible for the route, while those who started in January or February this year and are studying remotely have until September 27 to enter.
The new path comes as the British government unveiled plans to increase the number of international students in higher education in the UK to 600,000 by 2030.
Separately, the government also announced plans to launch another immigration route that will help start-ups recruit the talent they need to grow, so stay tuned for more.