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May 15, 2024

UK | Migration Advisory Committee publishes rapid review of the Graduate route

On 14 May 2024, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent body that provides evidence-based advice to the UK government on migration issues, published a rapid review of the Graduate route and an explanatory letter to the UK Home Secretary. The Graduate route, which was introduced in July 2021, offers an unsponsored visa which allows foreign students to remain in the UK for up to two years (three years for PhD students) after completing a course in the UK. To be eligible, a student must hold valid leave under the Student route and have successfully completed an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral degree with a higher education provider with a track record of compliance. Graduate route applicants do not need to provide evidence of their financial ability to support themselves, have a job offer or receive a specific salary. Graduate visa holders are authorized to work (or look for work) during their leave. Although their visa cannot be extended, they can switch to another immigration route before their Graduate visa expires.

A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.

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