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Working in the UK after your studies

International students graduating from a UK university can apply to stay in the UK to work once they have finished their studies. With central London just 30 minutes away by train, you are within easy reach of a wide range of opportunities.

Non-EU students

Your eligibility to work in the UK after you complete your studies will depend on whether you meet the requirements for any of the schemes that the Government operates.

There are a number of schemes for international students from outside the European Economic Area. These include:

UK Graduate Immigration Route - Post Study Work

The government announced in September 2019 plans to introduce a post-study route. Further information on the post-study proposals can be found on the Government website at and on the UK Visas & Immigration Factsheet.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has also published information on this proposed immigration route.

Please be advised that these are currently proposals and nothing has been agreed at the present time.  The current work routes after studies available to Tier 4 students in the UK are Tier 2 (General), Tier 5 (Temporary worker) and the Start-up route.

New Start-up route

Start-up visa

You must have £945 (£1,890 if applying from outside the UK) in savings to prove that you can support yourself and you must have held this in your personal bank account for 90 consecutive days before you apply for the Start-up route. 

Visa application fees to apply/switch in the UK:  £493 (8 weeks) £993 (Priority 10 day) £1,293 Super Priority (24 hrs)

Health charge £400.00 a year.

Visa application fee to apply from overseas: £363.

Kingston University has been allocated 23 General Endorsements for the new Start-up route to be allocated from 6 April 2019 to 5 April 2020.

The first step of the process is to complete an interest form. to register your interest for this process.

All applicants must join the Kingston University Bright Ideas to start-up programme.

You can register for the programme here:

For further information please contact Dwain Reid: d.reid@kingston.ac.uk

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) has been expanded into a new Start-up category, which is for people looking to set up a business in the UK.  The new Start-up category will be open to applicants on 6 April 2019. 

  • Applicants do need to be Kingston University graduates and do not require any initial funding.
  • Business ideas must be innovative, viable and scalable.
  • Satisfy the English language requirement, to Level B2.
  • Applicants must be endorsed by a recognised body.
  • Successful applicants will be granted two years' leave.
  • Successful achievements in the Start-up category will enable applicants to switch into the Innovator route.
  • The £50,000 investment required for the Innovator route will be waived.

New Innovator route

You can apply for an Innovator visa if:

  • You are endorsed by a relevant business sponsor;
  • You have £50,000 to invest in your business from any legitimate source;
  • This investment is waived if the applicant is switching from the Start-Up visa; and
  • Satisfy the English language requirement, to Level B2.

Further information is available on the UKVI website for all routes:

For further information and assistance with your Start-up visa application in the UK  please contact Barbara Georgopoulos at b.georgopoulos@kingston.ac.uk referring to Start-up Route in the subject field and including your full name, nationality and KU ID number in the body of the email.

Contact us

Student Life Centre: Immigration Advisor
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7313
Email: international@kingston.ac.uk

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