Working in the UK after your studies
DES visa talk for postgraduate research students
We will be giving an information talk for postgraduate research students interested in the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa in the Careers Service on Friday 29 March at 1pm. Sign up to the event here!
We can advise about and support applications for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE)/Start-up visa and Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa.
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) visa/Start-up
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) has been a UKVI initiative under which the University of Bristol was able to endorse a limited number of entrepreneurs. The Government has announced their intention to introduce a new Start-up visa in the spring of 2019 which will replace the current Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) route. The University has confirmed to the UKVI that we would like to endorse applicants under the new 2 year Start-up visa. This will be for those who have business ideas meeting the new UKVI requirements with a greater emphasis on innovation, viability and scalability.
We expect further information to be available from the UKVI soon and will keep this webpage updated. We hope to be operating the scheme for endorsement of applicants later in 2019.
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa
Please see Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) visa information (PDF, 129kB) for details.
The Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) gives students who have almost finished their PhD an additional 12 months of Tier 4 immigration permission to remain in the UK to look for work. You must have a current Tier 4 student visa to participate in the scheme, and you can only apply from inside the UK. You must also obtain a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University of Bristol.
If your PhD has already been awarded at the Examinations Board, you will not be eligible to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme.
The Careers Service offers help and advice about working in the UK. We recommend that you start planning early if you wish to work in the UK after your studies.