Staying to work in the UK: Options for international students graduating in 2020

Location: Room 2, Exams Schools, Oxford

Date: Wednesday 26 February 2020

Time: 13:00

RSVP: No need to book





If you are an international student and graduate in 2020 this year you are likely to be aware that staying to work in the UK may be difficult. Announcements about the new Graduate route for post study work are aimed at graduates from 2021 onward. Unfortunately the Graduate route will not be open to those who have completed their studies or are due to complete them in the summer of 2020. Given the situation facing international students graduating this year, we have organised a unique visa and careers talk to explain your possible options for staying in the UK: 

Zenia Chopra, Client Relationship Manager within the immigration team at Kingsley Napley, and previously Access Tier 5 Manger (a Tier 5 Government Authorised visa scheme) will be delivering an overview of the Tier 5 visa route for international students. The Tier 5 Intern scheme is a Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) scheme designed specifically to allow undergraduates and graduates from overseas to gain experience working in UK industry for 12 months.

We will cover:

  • Explanation of the Tier 5 GAE visa route – what it entails
  • Eligibility criteria
  • List of the overarching bodies and differences between each of their schemes/fees -  This will include but not limited to the Tier 5 Intern scheme, Access Tier 5, BUNAC’s Intern in Britain scheme
  • Process of applying for sponsorship via an overarching body
  • Benefits for the students to use this visa route
  • Criteria for switching from Tier 4 to Tier 5 GAE

The Careers Service will include a short session on job search strategy and CV top tips. Preparing a strong application is your best chance of success in the graduate market so we’ll be covering key information about how to stand out and present yourself effectively.

We’ll also be joined by Jo Aldhouse, an experienced Visa and Immigration Adviser from the Oxford Student Immigration Office, who will be able to answer your questions about visas more generally and staying to work in the UK. Jo regularly delivers our Staying to Work in the UK visa sessions which provide a full overview of the various routes available.

We look forward to seeing you at Exams Schools on 26th February. No need to book please just arrive when you can.