Since 1st July 2008, International students who have graduated in United Kingdom within the last 12 months could apply for a 2 years visa to work in the UK, even without the sponsorship from a British employer. This is known as the Post-Study Worker in Tier 1's point based system.
The International Graduate Scheme (IGS) has been replaced by the Post-Study Worker Scheme in Tier 1.
An applicant should score a minimum of 75 points on the point based calculator, which you can find out on the UK Border Agency website.
Applicant has to complete a HND from a Scottish Institution, UK Recognized Bachelor or Postgraduate Degree, or UK Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma.
The institution where the applicant completed his/her studies at, has to be on the list of recognized bodies, listed bodies, a Scottish institution or licensed under tier 4 on the register of sponsors.
Applicant has to apply within 12 months of the date of the award of his/her qualification.
Applicant could gain extra 10 points claim on his/her English skills if he/she has completed her degree in the United Kingdom.
If an applicant is applying while he/she is still in the United Kingdom, he/she has to prove that there's £800 available in the bank account within the last 3 months, before the application is being made.
If an applicant is applying from outside the United Kingdom, he/she has to prove that there's £2800 available in the bank account within the last 3 months, before the application is being made.
If you need more information regarding the visa, you can contact:
Public Enquiry Office - UK Border Agency
Phone: 0870 606 7766
Line is open: 0900 to 1600, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.
UK Council for International Student Affairs
Outside the UK: 44 20 7107 9922
Inside the UK: 020 7107 9922
The Advice Line is open from Monday to Friday, 1300 - 1600 hours (UK time).
For free Immigration enquiry, you can contact:
Phone: 44 (0)20 7842 0800
To look for an immigration solicitor, you can visit & contact Immigration Solicitors
This article about “Post-Study Work's Visa For International Graduate Students in the UK" has been written by Rebecca Lim, who works on the website Find A Solicitor