Permanent Residence in UK After Study

01 December, 2020



For international students, the United Kingdom is always on the list of study abroad destinations. It has a wide variety of courses and subjects to offer for Overseas students studying in the UK. The country also offers a stay back and permanent Residence options after studies. 

Permanent Residence in UK After Study

Permanent Residence in UK

An international student having the status of a permanent resident can live and work in the UK permanently. After receiving PR, they will no longer have any immigration limitation on working or business in the UK . Candidates can then stay in UK with no time limits on stay. 

How to get PR in UK after study?

Many international students wanting to study in the UK have a question in their mind, Is it possible to get PR in UK after study? Yes, it is possible if you met the requirements of the UK government. Applying for PR in UK for international students is not much complicated. Here are the steps you need to undertake:
  1. Get admission in University of UK
  2. Get student visa for UK
  3. Work during studies in UK
  4. Get a job in UK after
  5. Apply online for PR in UK

 Step 1: Get admission in the Universities in UK

To get PR in the UK, the first step will be to get accepted into the University of UK. Different universities have different eligibility criteria and requirements. Check with their respective websites and apply. Some of the top universities in UK are:
  1. University of Oxford 
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. Imperial College London 
  4. UCL 
  5. The University of Edinburgh 
  6. The University of Manchester 
  7. King's College London 
  8. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  9. University of Bristol 
  10. The University of Warwick 

Step 2: Get a Student Visa in UK 

The application process for a student visa for UK is not so complicated. A Tier 4 student visa is the longest stay visa and will also help you to get PR in UK. You should apply for it at least 3 months before the course begins. The eligibility for applying students visa for UK are:
  • You should have a valid passport 
  • You should have the Latest Passport size photographs.
  • You should have been offered a place on a course in the university of UK
  • You should have evidence of enough money to support yourself during your studies in UK.
  • You should be proficient in the English language
  • You should have evidence of consent from your parents if you are under 18.

Step 3: Work during your Studies in UK

International students studying in the UK are allowed to work part-time in the UK. International students can find plenty of job opportunities in the UK. You are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during your study period and full-time during holiday breaks. But there are a few rules and regulations you need to follow to work in the UK while studying.

Step 4: Getting Employed after studies in UK

Securing a good job is a good option for staying in the UK after studying. After completion of a degree, the UK welcomes wholeheartedly the most talented international students to work. 
  • You have a maximum time of 12 months after your Tier 4 expires to receive a job offer from a UK company. 
  • You can apply for a work permit after study in UK. International students have a huge benefit in the form of a 2 years’ Post Student Work Visa (PSW). 
  • Permanent employment in the UK is only open for tier-2 visa holders. 

UK Tier 2 visa

It is a work visa that allows the visa holder to work in the United Kingdom.  International Students can apply for the Tier-2 visa once they complete their study program. Once the students acquire a tier-2 visa, they can apply for permanent employment in the UK region.

Step 5: Apply for  Permanent Residence in UK

If you have lived in the UK for 5 years on Tier 1 and Tier 2 work permit, can apply for permanent Residence. To become a permanent resident, you should get the ILR(Indefinite leave to remain Visa). To secure an ILR visa in UK you must mainly fulfil the following 3 conditions:
  • A full-time job, 
  • a good code of conduct 
  • no criminal record 
You need to successfully clear the test of Life in the UK along with a recognized English Language proficiency test. You need to collect all the relevant paperwork:
  • Payslips
  • Bank account statements
  • Council tax letters
  • Letter from employer on company headed paper
Applications for permanent residence in the UK can be made online, and usually require a 
  • Copy of the correct completed form, 
  • Your passport, 
  • Biometric information,
  • The required supporting documents.

Processing time for permanent Residence in UK

You can expect a maximum of 6 months of processing time for the application for permanent Residence in the UK. Some applications may take a longer time to proceed, but most of the applications are processed within 6 months. If you choose an in-person application, you will receive a decision on the day and will not have to wait up to 6 months for your request to be processed.

Processing fee for permanent Residence in UK

A processing fee is applicable for applying PR in UK. The cost is £2389 for an individual application by post. You will need to pay more if you decide to make an in-person application. 
UK permanent residence for Indian and other international students is possible if you fulfil all the requirements as mentioned above. It is a golden chance for international students to switch their life permanently.