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.
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:
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.
From 4 June 2020 any graduate who was sponsored for their studies by their Government or an overseas organisation in the last 12 months must obtain a permission letter to remain in the UK and switch into the Start-up / Innovator route or to apply from overseas for the Start-up route / Innovator route.
You must have £945 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). Please add £19.20 for your biometrics.
Health charge £400.00 a year. Please be advised that with effect from October 2020, the immigration health charge will increase to £624.00 per year.
Visa application fee to apply from overseas: £363.
Kingston University has been allocated 25 General Endorsements for the new Start-up route to be allocated from 6 April 2020 to 5 April 2021.
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.
For further information please contact Dwain Reid: email@example.com
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 opened to applicants on 6 April 2019.
You can apply for an Innovator visa if:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.