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International students - Working After StudiesGraduate Route

What is the Graduate Route?

The guidance published on this page relates only to those who have completed study at the University of Strathclyde.  If you studied at another institution please refer to their guidance.

The Graduate Route enables international students in the UK who have successfully completed a degree or relevant qualification to work in the UK.

Who is eligible to apply?

Strathclyde graduates may be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route if:

  • You are in the UK with a valid Tier 4 or Student visa AND
  • You have spent a minimum period of study in the UK AND
  • You have successfully completed your:
    • Undergraduate degree or
    • Masters degree or
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or
    • Other relevant qualification
  • After final checks, your successful completion of your course has been reported to UKVI by our University's Visa Compliance team

Other relevant and specific qualifications eligible for the Graduate Route are listed in the Immigration Rules Appendix Graduate, paragraph GR 5.2. Students completing a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or other non-degree qualification will not be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route, even if the qualification is "degree-level."

The above points are explained in more detail in "Who is eligible to apply for the Graduate Route?" below.

^The University's International Student Support and Visa Compliance Teams are unable to advise on an individual's eligibility for the Graduate Route until an official Exam Board has made a student a final award.  Students will need to meet the eligibility requirements of the UK Immigration Rules in place at time of application to the route. It is the individual's responsibility to ensure that they meet the requirements of the route; current eligibility is shown below and will be updated in line with updates from UKVI.

About the Graduate Route

  • The route is unsponsored, which means you do not need a job offer or a role with minimum salary requirements
  • You can only apply for the Graduate Route in the UK before your Tier 4 or Student visa expires
    • Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme visa holders are not eligible to apply for the Graduate Route
  • The Graduate Route application fee will be £700 and you must also pay an Immigration Health Surcharge of £624 per year of the visa
  • This visa cannot be extended and does not lead to settlement, however you may apply to switch into other routes such as the Skilled Worker Visa
  • If you have a Tier 4 or Student visa and have family members in the UK with you on a Dependant visa, they may be able to apply in the UK to extend their permission as Dependants
  • If you have been financially sponsored by a Government or international scholarship agency covering both your course fees and living costs in the UK 12 months before applying for the Graduate Route, you must have written consent from them to apply for the Graduate Route

University of Strathclyde international students who have recently *completed their degree or other eligible qualification on a Tier 4 or Student visa must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for the Graduate Route.

Eligible applicants must: 

  • Have a Student visa or Tier 4 (General) visa sponsored by the University of Strathclyde that has not yet expired
  • Have *successfully completed your degree (UK bachelor's or postgraduate degree) or other eligible qualification (a diploma in Professional Legal Practice, a PGCE or a PGDE) 
  • Be in the UK when you apply
  • Have successfully completed the course of study which you took under your Tier 4 visa or Student visa 
    • If you changed your course of study, this requirement will only apply to the course to which you changed
  • Have studied in the UK for a minimum period of:
    • For courses 12 months or less - you must have been in the UK for the full duration of the course
    • For courses longer than 12 months - you must have studied in the UK for at least 12 months
    • If your study was impacted by Covid-19, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below
  • In the last 12 months before you apply for the Graduate Route, if you were awarded a scholarship or sponsorship by a Government or international scholarships covering both your tuition fees and living costs for studying in the UK, you must have written consent to your Graduate Route application from that government or agency

Additionally you must be awarded a total of 70 points:

Points typeRelevant requirements to be metNumber of points
Successful course completion
  • Successful completion requirement
  • Qualification requirement
  • Study in the UK requirement
70

 *UKVI defines successfully completed to be when you have achieved the qualification for which you were studying i.e. after being formally awarded by the University. 

I am on the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES). Can I apply for the Graduate Route?

Unfortunately those who are on a DES visa are not eligible to apply for the Graduate Route. This is in paragraph GR 1.4 of Appendix GR.

DES visa holders who try to apply for the Graduate Route will have their application rejected. This is confirmed in the Graduate caseworker guidance.

 

I have previously held a Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa. Can I apply for the Graduate Route?

If you have previously held DES permission, if you apply for a Graduate Route visa, your application will be rejected as invalid.

 

More information:

The Home Office have introduced certain situations where students must be in the UK by in order to apply for the Graduate Route. This is from the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Student sponsors, migrants and short-term students guidance.

Covid-19 concessionDeadline to be in UK

If you are a student who started your course in 2020 by distance learning from your home country and:

  • your course length is 12 months or less
  • you have not yet entered the UK
You must have a Student visa and needed to be in the UK on or before 27 September 2021 - Please note this deadline has now passed

If you are a student who started your course in January 2021 by distance learning from your home country and:

  • your course length is 12 months or less
  • you have not yet entered the UK 
You must have a Student visa and needed to be in the UK on or before 27 September 2021 - Please note this deadline has now passed

If you are a student who started your course in September 2021 or Spring 2022 and:

  • your course length is 12 months or less
  • you have not yet entered the UK 
You must have a Student visa and need to be in the UK on or before 30 June 2022 - Please note this deadline has now passed

If you are a student who started your course in 2020 or 2021 and:

  • your course length is 12 months or longer and
  • you have a Tier 4 or Student visa and previously entered the UK and
  • you went back to your home country and you are still in your home country

If you already came to the UK under your current Tier 4 or Student route permission but then you switched to distance learning from home, you just need to return to the UK on or before the end date of your Student permission

While the Appendix Graduate and the Covid-19 Student sponsor guidance do not have a specific deadline for students studying a course 12 months or longer to return to the UK, we suggest students to check with your academic department, check you meet the Study in the UK requirement and plan your time to be in the UK before your Student visa expires.

Remember that students must meet the Study in the UK requirement of spending a certain period of study while physically in the UK to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route. See more details below in "Study in the UK requirement." 

If you are a student who started your course in 2020 or 2021 and:

  • your course length is 12 months or longer and
  • you have a Tier 4 or Student visa and
  • you have not yet entered the UK

While the Appendix Graduate and the Covid-19 Student sponsor guidance do not have a specific deadline for students studying a course 12 months or longer to be in the UK, we suggest students to check with your academic department, check you meet the Study in the UK requirement and plan your time to be in the UK before your Student visa expires.

Remember that students must meet the Study in the UK requirement of spending a certain period of study while physically in the UK to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route. See more details below in "Study in the UK requirement."  

Study in the UK requirement

Students must spend a minimum amount of time physically in the UK to qualify for the Graduate Route.

  • If your course is 12 months or longer, you must spend at least 12 months* studying in the UK.
  • If your course is 12 months or less, you must spend the full duration* of your course studying in the UK.

Exception

*Any distance learning that took place between 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021, or distance learning outside the UK until 30 June 2022 as part of your course of study that lasted 12 months or longer while you have a Tier 4 or Student visa will not prevent you from meeting the Study in the UK requirement.

More information:

The following documents will be required for your Graduate Route application:

  • Your most recent Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) - this will be the CAS which confirms your most recent course of completion and will be available in the Curriculum tab on Pegasus
  • Your current and valid passport
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Some applicants may need to provide additional documents:

  • Proof of your relationship with your partner or children - if you have Dependants in the UK who are eligible to apply together with you
  • Letter of written consent from your official financial sponsor - if you received official financial sponsorship from a Government or international scholarship agency covering both your fees and living costs in the UK in the last 12 months before applying for the Graduate Route

Unlike most other UK visa routes, applicants will not be required to show finances when applying for the Graduate Route.

If any of the above documents are not in English or Welsh, you will have to provide a certified translation.

 

Frequently asked questions

My studies were sponsored by a government or international scholarship agency in the last 12 months. Do I need permission from my financial sponsor to apply for the Graduate Route?

Yes. If your tuition fees and living costs were paid by a government and/or an international scholarship agency within the 12-month period before you apply, you must provide a letter showing the financial sponsor's consent to this application under the Graduate route.

I received a scholarship from the University of Strathclyde. Do I need written consent from the University of Strathclyde to apply for the Graduate Route?

If you received a scholarship from the University of Strathclyde toward your fees or living costs, you do not require written consent from the University of Strathclyde to apply for the Graduate Route.

 

More information:

When you apply for the Graduate Route, you must have already successfully completed a relevant course and the University will have to notify UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) after you have successfully completed your course.

The course must be either a/an:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Masters degree
  • PhD degree or other doctoral qualification

 Alternatively the following qualifications in paragraph GR 5.2 are accepted:

  • a law conversion course validated by the Joint Academic Stage Board in England and Wales
  • the Legal Practice Course in England and Wales, the Solicitors Course in Northern Ireland, or a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland
  • the Bar Practice Course in England and Wales, or the Bar Course in Northern Ireland
  • a foundation programme in Medicine or Dentistry
  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  • a professional course requiring study at UK bachelor’s degree level or above in a profession with reserved activities that is regulated by UK law or UK public authority

You must have completed your course during the current period of Tier 4 or Student visa permission and it must be the same course you were assigned a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

There are some exceptions:

  • If you switched to a different course without applying for a new Tier 4 or Student visa, you can use the new course as your relevant qualification
  • If you were previously working as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer on a Tier 4 or Student visa, it is fine you gained your relevant qualification in your Tier 4/Student visa period before working in as a Sabbatical Officer

 

More information:

Students who are in the UK and have their dependants, as your spouse, civil partner and/or child(ren) in the UK on a Dependant visa may also apply as a Dependant of a Graduate Route applicant. 

However, in order to apply, dependants must:

  • Be in the UK with the main Graduate Route visa applicant
  • Have a Dependant visa, and the visa must be as a Dependant of a Student only (other types of Dependants are not permitted on this route)

Dependants cannot apply outside the UK to join you as a Dependant on the Graduate Route. This is confirmed in Appendix GR, paragraph GR 9.4.

More information:

Frequently asked questions

Remember that you will have to meet certain points under "Who is eligible to apply for the Graduate Route?" dropdown question on this page.

The earliest you would be able to apply is when:

  1. You have successfully completed your eligible course and
  2. The University's Visa Compliance team has notified the Home Office of the successful completion of your course and your potential eligibility to apply for the Graduate Route

We would advise for graduates to check your Pegasus record for when this is actioned.

The latest date you can apply for the Graduate Route is the day your Student visa or Tier 4 visa expires.

As part of the University of Strathclyde's Student sponsors duties, our Visa Compliance team will send a report to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that you have successfully completed your course.

It is important that you also check that your completed qualification meets Graduate visa route requirements if you are eligible to apply.

Details of the award you have achieved will be submitted to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) if you are eligible to apply for further immigration permission under the Graduate Route. To ensure the information provided is accurate, please ensure your contact details are updated in PEGASUS. You will also be able to see confirmation when this report has been submitted under the Curriculum History tab, which will also contain your previous CAS number.

The Visa Compliance Team are working to provide notifications to UKVI as soon as possible. Please allow ten working days for confirmation of the notification to be updated on Pegasus before contacting, if after that period you need further information please email visa.compliance@strath.ac.uk.

The Graduate Route visa is for international students with a Tier 4 or Student visa who completed a/n:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Masters degree
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

Other qualifications are listed in the Immigration Rules Appendix Graduate, paragraph GR 5.2.

Students completing Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or other non-degree qualifications will not be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route, even if the qualification is "degree-level."

Certain applicants to the Graduate Route may require written consent to apply for the Graduate Route. 

If both your tuition fees and living costs were paid by:

  • A government and/or
  • An international scholarship agency (for example, if you were a Marshall or Chevening scholar)

 

My financial sponsor was a government or international scholarship agency covering all my tuition fees and living costs

In the 12 months before you apply for the Graduate Route, you must have written consent from your financial sponsor. You will need to provide a letter showing they give consent to your application for the Graduate Route. This includes Dependants if you are applying together with Dependants. This will have to be included as part of the supporting documents for your Graduate Route application.

 

My financial sponsor was a government or international scholarship agency covering only some of my tuition fees and/or living costs

If you received a partial scholarship from a government and/or from an international scholarship agency, or if you were sponsored for your tuition fees only, or for your living costs only, then financial sponsor written consent is not required.

 

My financial sponsor was the University of Strathclyde

If you were financially sponsored by the University of Strathclyde, you do not require written consent from the University of Strathclyde to apply for the Graduate Route.

 

My financial sponsor was an international company, independent school or any other type of financial sponsor

If you were financially sponsored by an international company, an independent school or any other type of financial sponsor, you do not require written consent to apply for the Graduate Route.

For details, see paragraph GR 1.5 of the Immigration Rules Appendix GR.

 

More information:

International students with a Tier 4 or Student visa, who must travel outside the UK during term-time, must have this authorised in advance by their academic department. If travel outside the UK is agreed by the academic department and students continue to engage in their studies throughout their planned time outside the UK, their Tier 4 or Student visa status should not be affected.

The academic calendar is at https://www.strath.ac.uk/keydates/

The International Student Support Team and Visa Compliance team are unable to advise on eligibility for the Graduate Route based on past, proposed or confirmed travel dates. This is because students must meet the eligibility criteria at the time of application to the Graduate Route.

Please be advised as part of the application process, students will have to share their travel history. Our teams are unable to advise students on how UKVI caseworkers will assess the applicant's travel history. Therefore it is suggested students keep careful record of travel outside the UK, throughout the duration of their studies at the University of Strathclyde.

After applying for your Graduate visa, you should not travel outside the UK until you have received a decision on your Graduate visa application. Travelling outside the UK will automatically withdraw your Graduate visa application.

If you need to travel urgently while waiting for your visa application decision, your application will be withdrawn automatically. However if your Tier 4 or Student visa is still valid, you may be able to re-enter the UK. However you would have to make a new Graduate visa application in the UK and pay another application fee and healthcare surcharge. You would receive a refund for the healthcare surcharge on your first Graduate visa application only.

The Graduate visa application fee is:

  • £715 Graduate visa application fee

If you have Dependants, each Dependant will also have to pay the application fee. The fee for Dependants is the same as the main Graduate visa application fee.

Remember you will also have to pay a Healthcare Surcharge for each applicant, depending on how long your visa will be granted.

Healthcare Surcharge costs

You will also have to pay a Healthcare Surcharge for each applicant when you apply.

If you're eligible for a Graduate visa for:

  • 2 years - the Healthcare Surcharge will cost £1,248
  • 3 years - the Healthcare Surcharge will cost £1,872
More information:

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) advise on their website that after you:

  • Paid for your visa application fee online
  • Proved your identity and
  • Provided your supporting documents

You will usually get a decision within 8 weeks.

You will be contacted if it will take longer, for example because your supporting documents need to be verified or because of your personal circumstances, for example if you have a criminal conviction.

More information:

The dependant application process is a separate application from the Graduate Route visa. While the process is separate, we would strongly advise for Tier 4/Student visa holders and Dependants to apply at the same time.

The application link for dependants is available below:

Your dependant(s) will need your Graduate Route visa application reference number. This is also called a Unique Application Number (UAN) and you will find it on emails and letters from the Home Office about your Graduate Route visa application. Please check your emails and correspondence from the Home Office for this.

More information:

While you are waiting for a decision on your Graduate visa application, you can work under the conditions of your Student or Tier 4 visa permission.

If your Graduate visa application is successful, then after receiving your Graduate visa, you may work for an employer or you may be self-employed. You cannot take on any work as a professional sportsperson or coach. However if you decide to start a new business in the UK while on the Graduate visa, please note if you plan to apply for the Start-Up Visa in future, you will not be eligible to switch from the Graduate Route to the Start-Up Visa.

Employers should be aware of the Graduate Route. If you find they may not be familiar with this type of immigration permission, you can ask their Human Resources department to check the guidance from the Home Office for employers.

If you are considering setting yourself up as self-employed, you may consider contacting the Careers Service for advice, whether you are thinking of starting your own business or freelancing.

More information:

You can only study with a Graduate visa if the course you want to study is not eligible for a Student visa. This is noted in the GOV.UK webpage guidance on the Graduate visa.

See the Graduate Route visa page on GOV.UK under "What you can and cannot do" for more information.

Depending on the type of qualification you successfully completed, you will either be granted a period of:

  • Undergraduate degree - up to 2 year visa
  • Masters degree - up to 2 year visa
  • PhD or other doctoral qualification - up to 3 year visa

The date your Graduate visa will start from will depend on the date of decision that is made on your Graduate visa application.

More information:

Students who have successfully completed their course and want to apply for the Graduate Route must:

  • be in the UK before their certain deadline and
  • meet the eligibility requirements to apply for the Graduate Route and
  • make an application before the expiry date of your Tier 4 or Student visa

We advise students to take the Covid-19 pandemic, and UK and Scottish government guidance and travel restrictions into consideration with your own early and careful planning.

 

I am still outside the UK but I have a plan to enter the UK on a certain date. Will this be okay and will I be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route?

The International Student Support Team are unable to advise on the eligibility of applicants for the Graduate Route based on proposed or planned travel dates, as students will need to meet eligibility requirements of the UK Immigration Rules that are in place at time of application. 

 

Overview of Graduate visa application process in the UK

Follow the steps below on how to apply for the Graduate visa. You can read more information on each step from the corresponding links.

This information and process is for University of Strathclyde eligible Graduate visa applicants only. 

Do not apply for the Graduate Route before steps 1-3 are completed. If you apply without having your course reported as successfully completed to UKVI (step 3), there is a risk your visa will be refused.

StepMore information
1. Successfully complete* your eligible course you took with your Tier 4 or Student visa
2. Understand Graduate Route requirements, check your eligibility to apply and update your contact details
  • Update your contact details: PEGASUS - check your contact address is correct
2a. If you are applying with Dependants (family members such as your spouse civil partner and children) check whether they are eligible to apply as your Dependants
  • Dependants must already have immigration permission under the main Tier 4 or Student visa holder and must be in the UK before applying
3. University of Strathclyde will notify UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) of you completing your qualification.  This will happen after the formal exam board for your course has met and made an award.  You can check dates for individual courses with your academic department directly. 
  • Details of the award you achieved will be submitted to UKVI by our Visa Compliance team.   Please allow 10 working days from the date of being notified of your award for our Visa Compliance Team to make the report to UKVI.   They will send you an email confirming that the report has been made.   
  • Please do not apply for the Graduate Route without checking UKVI have been notified of your successful completion, or your visa application may be at risk of being refused
4. Obtain your most recent CAS
5. Prepare your supporting documents
  • See "Documents needed to apply" on this page
 
6. Start answering questions on the Graduate visa
  • You must not make an application if Steps 1-3 above have not been completed or there is a risk your visa will be refused
  • When starting your application you will be asked to enter a contact email address. Please do not use your University of Strathclyde email address. Please use a personal email address where you have access.
7. Check answers by referring to Graduate Route visa application guidance
  • Please scroll to end of this page for application prompts and guidance
8. If you have questions about your application or supporting documents, please contact ISST with your specific questions about the Graduate visa application before making any payment
  • Before contacting our team for advice on your application, please ensure you have not paid for your application online and you have completed the above steps
  • When asking your question, if from an application please include the exact question you are unsure about, including your Strathclyde student registration number and full name 
8a. If you contact ISST for advice, familiarise yourself with our Code of Practice and Privacy Notice  

If you have contacted ISST requesting advice and guidance on your Graduate Route visa application, please wait for a response from an adviser before proceeding with the next steps.

StepMore information
9a. Verify your identity documents through UK Immigration: ID Check app
  • Some applicants may use the UK Immigration: ID Check app to complete the identity stage of your Graduate visa application
  • You will require either your current biometric passport or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • If you have experience issues using the app (if you cannot scan your passport or BRP, for example) please see step 8b - if you can use the app, proceed to step 9
9b. If you cannot use the UK Immigration: ID Check app ONLY - to verify your identity, you may be asked to schedule an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point
10. Pay for your Healthcare Surcharge, application fee and biometric enrollment fee
  • Payment of your visa application is the date you applied for your visa

  • The cost for the Healthcare Surcharge will be for either 2 years (£1248) or 3 years (£1872)
11. The Home Office will consider and make a decision on your application
  • An email will be sent to you by UKVI with a decision on your visa application

12. If your Graduate visa application is successful, you will receive a decision either by email or a Biometric Residence Permit (depending if you used the app or not)

  • If you used the UK Immigration: ID Check app, you will receive an email confirming your digital status with a PDF file of your Graduate visa decision letter - you will not receive a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • If you attended a UKVCAS appointment and enroled your biometrics in person, you will receive a BRP at the address you provided in your application
  • Check that the details are correct on your visa and your decision letter - for graduates who completed an undergraduate course - 2 year visa, for PhD and other doctoral qualification completers - 3 year visa

 *UKVI defines successfully completed to be when you have achieved the qualification for which you were studying i.e. after being formally awarded by the University.

Graduate Route visa application guidance

Note about this guidance

The following guidance is for eligible University of Strathclyde international student graduates applying for a Graduate Route visa in the UK only. The Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may also update and change their application process, website and/or wording of application questions frequently, often without notice.

It is important that you understand the application questions first and have the information or evidence available at time of application to help support your answers. Please make sure you understand the questions fully and check carefully that your answers are correct before making any payment for your visa application. 

Frequently asked questions from the Graduate Route visa application

The following questions are only a selection of frequently asked questions we receive from Graduate Route applicants. If there is a question you are not sure about on your application, please copy the question from the application from its exact words or take a screenshot of the application question and contact us.

If you used the UK Immigration ID Check App, please note that not all questions from this guidance may appear in your application as you will have already provided this information through using the app.

QuestionAnswer
Register an email Enter your email address. You will be sent a verification email. Do not use your University of Strathclyde email address. Please check that your email address is correct and you have access.
Immigration adviser Select No unless you are receiving immigration advice from an independent immigration adviser or solicitor (not from the University of Strathclyde).
Track record of compliance

The University of Strathclyde is a higher education provider with a track record of compliance. Please select Yes.

Official financial sponsor

If you have not received money from a financial sponsor* in the last 12 months, select No.

If you have received money from a financial sponsor* in the last 12 months, select Yes.

*For example, a financial sponsor would be a government or international scholarship agency

If you received a scholarship from the University of Strathclyde in the last 12 months, you can select No for this question.

If you have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship by a Government or international scholarship agency, covering both course fees and living costs for study in the UK (for example a Chevening or Marshall scholarship), you must provide written consent from your financial sponsor for your Graduate Route visa application.

More information on financial sponsors is in the Graduate caseworker guidance.

When did you first arrive in the UK on your current visa?

If you have a Tier 4 or Student visa, please enter the date you first entered the UK on that visa. This will usually be the date you received a stamp on your entry clearance vignette (visa sticker) in your passport for that date.

Some applicants will have a deadline to enter the UK to meet Graduate route eligibility requirements. More information is in the Immigration Rules Appendix Graduate under "Study in the UK requirement." 

Time spent outside the UK

The application is asking if you have spent time outside the UK and requests that you do not include holidays of 2 weeks or less. Enter details of your time spent outside the UK, including where, dates and your reason for spending time outside the UK.

Uploading evidence

A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will be a card that you likely would have received when you arrived in the UK on your Tier 4 or Student visa.

If you are a EU/EEA/Swiss national it is unlikely you will have a BRP. 

Declaration

You will be asked to declare the information you provided in your Graduate Route application is true. 

Payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge

You may require your passport and Biometric Residence Permit for this section.

For PhD graduates, visa type is 3 years.

For all other graduates with eligible qualifications (not PhD), select visa type as 2 years.

Payment of the visa fee

Your application date is the date you pay or your visa application.

Evidence upload

After you have paid for your application and submitted it, UKVI may contact you if you are required to upload any documents/evidence to support your application.

For example, you may have to provide a copy of a letter from your financial sponsor giving you written consent to apply for the Graduate Route. Please note this is an example.

If you used the UK Immigration: ID Check app - Please upload your supporting documents requested from your application form using the app.

If you did not use the UK Immigration: ID Check app - You will have to register with UK Visas and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) and upload your supporting documents through their website. Please watch your emails for communications, as you may be contacted by UKVCAS either to submit your biometrics or they may advise you that your previous biometrics can be used (and the possibility you may not have to attend an appointment).

We would encourage graduates to frequently check the email used to register for the visa application as not to miss any important deadlines or communication.