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Graduate Immigration Route information session for international students

The Graduate Immigration Route was introduced in Summer 2021. It allows City Graduates to work for two years without sponsorship.

The session will look at how final year students can qualify for the Route after successfully being awarded their Degree including the process for the university to report the award to the immigration authorities.

This online session on Zoom will be led by Alan Gelfer, International Student Adviser.

Please join us on one of the two sessions:

Session 1:

Session 2:

Important Information for sponsored students

If you are on a Student Visa currently in the UK, please remain here until your teaching/examination period finish. You can go home during the official University vacation. In case you need to go home for an emergency or any exceptional circumstances, please speak to your Course Officer first.

If you are currently overseas, sponsored on a Student Visa, you have to transition to face-to-face learning in the UK on or before 30th June 2022. You must arrive to the UK no later than 30th June 2022.  

This applies to last year UG* and all PG and PhD international students sponsored on a Student visa currently overseas.

*Last year UG students - you only have to come to the UK by the 30th June if you wish to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route. Please see FAQs for more information.

UG students (1st and 2nd year) - as you have official University vacation after 30th June and you are currently overseas, you can come to the UK at the start of your next academic year. You will not be able to study online anymore on a Student visa.

If you wish to stay overseas and continue studying online, your CAS sponsorship will be withdrawn and your Student Visa will become invalid unless you have Authorised Absence or Off Campus arrangement in place.  This is in line with the Home Office regulations on Student visa sponsorship.

If you are sponsored student currently on work placement overseas or year abroad, this is not applicable to you.

We prepared some FAQs for you for further clarification:

I am a 3rd year UG student currently overseas but I want to apply for the Graduate Immigration Scheme. When I should arrive to the UK?

If you are planning to apply for the Graduate Immigration Scheme, you have to arrive to the UK on or before 30th June 2022 or before your current Student Visa expires, whichever is sooner.

I am a 3rd year UG student currently overseas and I do not want to apply for the Graduate Immigration Scheme. Do I have to come to the UK by the 30th June?

No, you can remain overseas if you are not interested in the Graduate Immigration Scheme.

I am 1st UG student, currently overseas. I do not have any teaching in the summer, do I have to come by the 30th June?

No, you don’t have to come to the UK by the 30th June as you will be on official vacation period then. You must come to the UK for your 2nd year of teaching if you are sponsored on a Student visa.

If you wish to continue studying online in the 2nd year, your CAS sponsorship will be withdrawn and your visa will become invalid.

I am Master degree student currently studying overseas. I am not interested in Graduate Immigration Scheme, do I still need to come to the UK before 30th June?

No, unless you want to keep your student visa valid.

I am currently overseas, but I am planning to come to the UK before 30th June. Do I have to tell anyone?

Yes, please. Please email visacompliance@city.ac.uk with your Student ID when you arrive to the UK so that the Visa Compliance Team can amend your record.

I am PhD student currently overseas. Do I have to come to the UK by 30th June in order to keep my Student Visa?

Yes, you have to arrive to the UK by 30th June if you wish to keep your Student visa sponsorship.

I am a PhD student doing data collection overseas. Do I have to come to the UK by 30th June in order to keep my Student Visa?

You do not have to come to the UK if you have Off Campus study arrangement in place. You can stay overseas by the date agreed by your Supervisor and as stated on the Off-Campus Form.

If you still have questions after reading FAQs, please get in touch with International Student Advice Team via visaadvice@city.ac.uk.