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Exceptional Assurance - Graduate Route Visa

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Published on 19 April 2021

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On 09 April 2021 International Student Support News announced publishing Graduate Route visa information on our websiteWe contacted the Home Office for clarification on the eligibility of students who want to apply for the Graduate Route visa but their current student visa has expired and they currently remain in the UK under Exceptional Assurance. We received a response confirming a student MUST hold a valid student visa to be eligible for the Graduate Route visa

Although Exceptional Assurance provides (i) short-term protection against overstaying and (ii) maintains conditions of previous permission in the UK to a student if their visa expires, it does not extend the duration of their valid permission to remain in the UK. The student would therefore fail to meet the validity requirement set out in Appendix Graduate paragraph 1.3, which requires the applicant to hold valid permission as a student at the time of visa application.

As a result, you will not be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route visa if your current visa expires before 01 July 2021 and you currently remain in the UK with Exceptional Assurance.

The information published on the International Student Support website reflects what has been released by the Home Office so far. Please note that all Graduate Route visa information is subject to change until the official Appendix Graduate immigration rules and are published. It is likely the official immigration rules and guidance will be published when the Graduate Route officially starts.

Please visit the International Student Support website for more information on the Graduate Route visa. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility for the Graduate Route visa, you are welcome to contact International Student Support via Compass. If you have a smartphone, simply download the 'Compass UoS' App from the App Store or Google Play. You can also Submit an Enquiry online.

You can also visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for student-friendly information.