Applicants must have completed a recognised course at a UK higher education provider
Enrolled in a UK college but attending classes from your home in India? The UK government’s Graduate Route ensures that you are eligible to apply for a job in the UK.
The UK government employment rules require applicants to have studied in the UK on a student visa for a certain number of years. But the Graduate Route offers a reprieve to international students enrolled in UK colleges and unable to attend physical classes because of the pandemic.
The Graduate Route provides an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree from higher education institutions in the UK to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, at any skill level for 2 years, or 3 years for doctoral students.
“The new Graduate Route launched on July 1, 2021, enables international students to work, or look for work in the UK, at any skill level for two years (three years for PhD graduates) after graduation. Students who have been studying online in their home country due to COVID-19 can still apply for the Graduate Route, provided they meet the other requirements of the route,” said Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director East and Northeast India, British Council.
Eligibility rules for students taking online classes:
India and the UK recently adopted an ambitious Roadmap 2030 that aims at close ties between the two countries to ensure student mobility in addition to research and innovation. “The UK is India's second largest partner in research and innovation collaborations and would be working on big ideas of the 21st century. This frames the context very well (for) why so many students want to study in UK…. it is becoming progressively easier for Indian students to go to the UK for higher studies,” Chakrabarti said.
Increase cooperation between British and Indian universities in areas like health, emerging technologies and climate science.— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 4, 2021
A new Migration and Mobility partnership will also make it easier for Indian students and skilled professionals to study, work and live in the UK.
To be eligible for the Graduate Route scheme under Roadmap 2030, students must have completed a recognised course at a UK higher education provider, with a track record of compliance with the government’s immigration requirements. The route will be unsponsored, meaning applicants will not need a job offer to apply.
While the Graduate Route is a great opportunity for the Indian students, the UK hopes to increase the number of international students in higher education to 600,000 by 2030 through this route.
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