If the graduate wishes to remain in the UK after one year, they must switch over to another immigration category such as the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP). The intention is to encourage graduates to take up a career in the UK by giving them a transitional route into another immigration category.This scheme supersedes the Science and Engineering Graduates Students (SEGS) scheme, which was a similar but more restrictive category that was discontinued for anyone who has graduated on or after 01 May 2007. Anyone who graduated before 01 May 2007 must still come under the previous SEGS scheme, which places restrictions on which courses are eligible.
Who can qualify
For a student to successfully come under the International Graduates Scheme, they must:
have completed a relevant course at a recognized institute of higher learning within the UK such as a bachelor's degree, Master's degree, PhD, or postgraduate certificate or diploma, including those who have completed a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).have completed the course within the last twelve months. This is calculated from the date of expiry of leave as a Student to complete the course.
intend to work during the period of one year granted by the scheme.be able to support and accomodate themselves and any dependents without resorting to the use of public funds.intend to leave the UK after the period of one year unless they transfer to another scheme as a highly skilled migrant, business owner, student, or innovator.get permission before applying for IGS if their studies were sponsored by a government or international scholarship agency.Recognized and Listed Institutions
The government of the United Kingdom recognizes institutions who grant degrees by virtue of their own power, called 'recognized' bodies, or those institutions who grant degrees under the power of another institution, called 'listed' bodies.
Anyone coming under the International Graduates Scheme can take any kind of employment they want. They are also allowed to switch to other schemes such as HSMP, business owner, or innovator while in the UK.
If spouses, unmarried partners, civil partners and children are already in the UK during the applicant's stay as a student, they can switch along with the applicant and remain in the UK. Entry clearance is required if the dependants are applying from abroad.
We offer a Premium Service and a normal service. With the Premium Service, we will process your application in one business day. Our normal service will be through the post, which can take approximately a business week.
The Premium Service breaks down as £595 (the Home Office fee) plus £605 (our fee) for a total of £1200, which we will process within one business day of receipt of payment.
The normal service (by post) breaks down as £395 (the Home Office fee) plus £605 (our fee) for a total of £1000, and is subject to normal processing times depending on the Home Office, the postal system, and demand by other applicants.