What are my visa options after completing a bachelor's degree? Let’s explore different paths.
When it comes to settling in the UK after completing a bachelor's degree, people frequently look into different visa alternatives that correspond to their long-term ambitions. In this article, we will compare the most popular visa choices for students: Graduate Visa, Postgraduate Route, Skilled Worker, or Innovator Founder visa.
Student visa is an appealing option for people who want to continue their studies in the United Kingdom.
Students with this visa are able to study at prestigious UK universities and colleges. Furthermore, during term time, they can work up to 20 hours each week, allowing them to obtain valuable work experience whilst supplementing their finances.
However, it is essential to note that time spent in the UK on a student visa counts only toward the 10-year route for ILR. Students have various choices for extending their stay after completing their education. They can apply for a Graduate Visa to look for work.
Graduate Visa is a post-study work visa that permits students from abroad who have graduated from an accredited UK university to stay in the country for a set amount of time after graduation.
It provides various advantages, including the ability to obtain job experience, explore career options, and contribute to the UK economy. The visa acts as a bridge between studying and transferring to a long-term work visa or settlement path. The Graduate Visa, on the other hand, has a limited duration, which normally ranges from two to four years, depending on the degree of education. It also means that individuals must plan their job growth and immigration alternatives within the time provided.
Students can apply for a Skilled Worker visa if offered a job.
Skilled Worker Visa permits foreigners who have significant skills and certifications to live and work in the UK.
One of its major advantages is that it provides a path to permanent residency and British citizenship. Furthermore, it gives individuals access to the UK employment market, allowing them to explore professional prospects and contribute to the country's economy. The visa application procedure, on the other hand, may be rigorous and costly, requiring confirmation of sponsorship, English language competency, and meeting a minimum salary threshold. It is also vital to note the risks: the entire period for acquiring ILR can range from 8 to 9 years, depending on market risks and future employment problems. Furthermore, the employer may terminate the Skilled Worker visa within five years.
Lastly, we would like to highlight the business route: an Innovator Founder Visa, which is of high interest to students.
Innovator Founder visa provides an alternate and faster route to settling in the UK for applicants with entrepreneurial ambitions.
An Innovator Founder Visa is a unique immigration visa for entrepreneurs looking to start an innovative firm in the UK. This visa allows its holders to work and develop their own businesses, work full-time for another organisation and study. In addition, it offers the possibility of long-term residence. Unlike the student visa, the duration spent on the IF visa counts toward ILR criteria, making it an appealing option for people looking to stay permanently in the UK.
Individuals can apply for ILR after only three years on the IF visa if they meet the appropriate requirements.
Individuals who want to settle in the UK must choose the correct visa option. Whilst the student visa allows students valuable higher education and professional experience, settling in may take longer. On the other hand, the Innovator Founder visa allows entrepreneurs to count their time towards ILR criteria, allowing them to create and build their enterprises while working towards permanent settlement in the UK. Finally, the decision between these visas is influenced by an individual's long-term goals, career ambitions, and entrepreneurial drive.
We’ve also asked our founder regarding his visa route:
“After living in the UK and completing my postgraduate degree here, I've realised that if given the opportunity, I would choose the Innovator Founder visa without hesitation. It not only allows me to operate on my own business, but it also recognises the time I spent on the visa as part of my application for Indefinite Leave to Remain” - Fedor Pankratov
UK Immigration Lawyer
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