International Graduates Scheme
The International Graduates Scheme (IGS) replaces the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme. It enables non-EEA students who have successfully completed and obtained a degree, Master’s degree, PhD, or postgraduate certificate or diploma on or after 1 May 2007 to work in the UK for up to 12 months upon completion of their studies. If they want to remain in the UK beyond this time, they can switch into an appropriate immigration category to pursue their career, provided they meet the relevant requirements. International Work Permits will get this approved within 24 hours.
Newsflash 2008/2009:- The POST STUDY WORK category came into affect in July 2008 and allows the UK to retain the brightest foreign students who have studied in a UK educational establishment. It is part of the new Tier 1 category and will not require a sponsor [unlike business work permits]. Those with student visas in the UK under Post-Study Work are expected to switch into another part of the points system (whether Tier 1 or another Tier) as soon as they are eligible for another visa. If you are currently under the old International Graduates Scheme then you can extend under Post-Study Work [Transitional arrangements]
What is the International Graduates Scheme?
The International Graduates Scheme (IGS) was launched on 1 May 2007 with the aim of encouraging graduates of UK further or higher education establishments to pursue a career in the United Kingdom.
IGS is a transitional route which enables students who have studied in the UK to access the labour market and gain work experience in the UK.
During their leave under IGS participants can take any type of employment or self-employment. If they want to remain here beyond their leave under IGS in order to pursue their career, they can switch into various employment or self-employment categories, if they meet the relevant requirements.
How do I qualify under the scheme?
To be granted leave under the scheme, applicants must (amongst other things):
• have successfully completed a relevant course at a recognised or listed UK institution of Higher or Further Education on or after 1 May 2007. A relevant course is:
• a Bachelor’s degree course; OR
• a Master's or PhD course; OR
• a postgraduate certificate or diploma. And must:
• have completed their course in the last 12 months (as shown by the date of expiry of leave as a Student to complete this course)
• intend to work during the period of leave granted under the scheme
• be able to maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependants without recourse to public funds;
• intend to leave the UK at the end of their stay (unless granted leave as a work permit holder , highly skilled migrant [HSMP] , business person, innovator or student).
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