UK confirms work rights for dependants of postgraduate PSW students

UK confirms work rights for dependants of postgraduate PSW students

The UK has confirmed work rights for dependants of postgraduate Tier 4 international students who get a PSW post study work visa from 2021.

The Home Office has clarified that dependants of Tier 4 international students, who were in the country with them during their postgraduate studies, will retain leave to remain in the UK provided they lodge their visa applications together.

Under new guidance, the Home Office also reaffirmed that switching visa routes will now be possible within the UK for students.

UK PSW post study work Graduate Route launching summer 2021

The Home Office notice shared that: “The Graduate route will be launched in summer 2021 to provide international students the opportunity to stay in the UK to work or look for work after they graduate.

“Undergraduate and master’s degree students will be able to stay for two years under the route, whilst PhD students will be able to stay for three years.

“Graduates will be able to switch into other routes in line with the wider approach to switching when applying for leave inside the UK.

“This will include the ability to switch into work routes if they are able to meet the requirements.”

The 70 points entry threshold was confirmed as well for international students to qualify for leave in the UK with the statement noting, “Students will require a total of 70 points to be granted leave.”

Dependants of postgraduate PSW students can work in UK

On work rights for dependant, the Home Office said Tier 4 internationals students were “able to bring dependants if studying at postgraduate level for at least nine months at a Higher Education Provider (HEP) with a track record of compliance, or if government sponsored to study a course longer than six months.”

Confirming the extension of dependants work rights for the entirety of the postgraduate student’s stay in the UK as a Tier 4 student as well as a PSW Graduate Route worker, the statement said: “…postgraduate students will continue to have the right to bring dependants.

“Dependants are spouses, partners and children (below the age of 18 at point of entry), and their application is linked to that of the main applicant. In general dependants have near full access to the UK labour market and can work at any skill level.”

Finally, the statement also confirmed that dependant school age children accompanying a migrant will be entitled to a state education.

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