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Myth-Busting: Common Misconceptions About UK Visas

There are several myths and misconceptions surrounding UK visas, particularly for international students. In this article, we will debunk some of these myths and provide clarity on the reality of obtaining a visa and Permanent Residency (PR) in the UK.

Myth 1: After graduating, you need an employer to sponsor your visa. Reality: With the Graduate route, you can work or look for work at any skill level without sponsorship from an employer. This permission allows you to secure employment independently, as stated by the Home Office's guidance for employers.

Myth 2: You can only stay in the UK for 2 years. Reality: A Graduate visa is valid for 2 years, and for individuals with a PhD or other doctoral qualification, it lasts for 3 years. If you wish to stay longer in the UK, you cannot extend the Graduate visa, but you may be eligible to switch to a different visa category, such as the Skilled Worker visa.

Myth 3: Obtaining Permanent Residency (PR) in the UK is difficult. Reality: Eligibility for PR in the UK requires living and working in the country for 5 years. Additionally, you need to meet salary requirements and demonstrate that you are still needed for your job after acquiring indefinite leave to remain. The financial requirements vary depending on your visa category, with a minimum salary benchmark to be met.

Understanding the facts about UK visas can help dispel common misconceptions. The Graduate route allows international students to work in the UK without employer sponsorship, and while the visa duration is limited, alternative pathways may be available for extending your stay. Attaining Permanent Residency involves meeting specific criteria, including salary requirements and a period of residency in the UK. By dispelling these myths, we hope to provide clarity and assist you in making informed decisions regarding your study abroad journey in the UK

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