Graduate Route Visa (GRV) Scheme

Graduate Route Visa (GRV) Scheme

Context: The British Prime Minister is considering adjustments to the United Kingdom’s Graduate Route Visa (GRV) scheme to manage the rising number of international students. Currently, Indians represent approximately 42% of GRV holders, the highest among all nationalities.

According to the UK Home Office, there was a 54% increase in student visas issued to Indians between June 2022 and June 2023. This surge in Indian students highlights their significant presence in the UK\'s educational landscape, prompting the government to re-evaluate the visa policy.


• The Graduate Route Visa (GRV) was introduced by the UK government in July 2021.
• It allows individuals to stay in the UK for at least two years after successfully completing a bachelor\'s, postgraduate, or other eligible courses.
• For those with PhDs or other doctoral qualifications, the GRV extends to a three-year stay.
• GRV applicants must be in the UK at the time of application.
• Applicants must hold a Short-Term Study visa or a General Student Visa.
• The applicant’s education provider must notify the UK Home Office about the successful completion of the course.


Reasons Indians Seek GRVsImpact of Possible GRV Tweaks
Other Visas: GRV provides a window for
individuals to obtain other visas (such as a
work visa) by finding a good sponsor or
Reduction in International Students: Restricting
GRVs could significantly reduce the number of
international students seeking to study in the UK
by creating uncertainty.
Allowing Family: GRV allows families to
accompany the GRV-holder if certain
eligibility criteria are me
Impact on Average Students: Restricting GRV
only to the “best and brightest” will especially
hinder the prospects of the ‘average’ student
seeking to study in the UK.
Repayment of Education Cost: Students
repay costly student loans by working in the
UK after studies and making some money to
lead a comfortable life.
Financial Viability of British Universities: The
fees paid by international students help universities
cover the cost of teaching British students and
conducting research. 
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