UK Advisory Body Determines Graduate Route Should Stay

The UK Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has completed its review of the Graduate Visa Route, including in terms of “Any evidence of abuse of the route including the route not being fit for purpose.” The UK Government requested the MAC review in March 2024.

The MAC has now released its report and said: “After reviewing the evidence, our conclusion is clear. The Graduate route has broadly achieved, and continues to achieve, the objectives set by this government. We therefore recommend that the route remains in place in its current form.”

  • The Graduate route provides a 2-year work visa for those who complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a UK university, or a 3-year visa if they complete a PhD.
  • The Graduate Route serves as a ‘bridge’ for employers to recruit graduates and then consider whether they will sponsor them under the Skilled Worker route.
Erickson Insights & Analysis

The Graduate Route benefits students and employers. Even with the positive review from the MAC, it remains to be seen whether the government will follow the advice of the MAC or follow through on restricting the route. Erickson Immigration Group will continue to monitor developments and share updates as more news is available. Please contact your employer or EIG attorney if you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions.