Whether you’re a final year undergraduate, or a postgraduate student in the UK, the clock’s ticking. You need to make some decisions about your future career. But you’ve made one decision. You’ve decided that you really want to stay in the UK and work in the UK. You love the culture, you love the freedom, the relaxed way of working, and maybe you’ve even got used to the weather.

But you need to have the Tier 2 Work Visa to work there, and you need to be sponsored by a company. The SmartMove2UK (a unit of Smart Move Immigration) has helped numerous international students with their Tier 4 student visas, and the foremost questions we get asked are,

“I just don’t know who will be able to sponsor me after I finish my degree?”

“Can you give me a list of companies that sponsor the Tier 2?”

“What are my chances of successfully getting a Graduate level job in the UK?”

Or even, “I don’t care where I work, I just want to stay in the UK. Please help?”

In the previous article on Companies in the UK that offer the Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship – Part I, our Senior Immigration Advisor, Surabhi Singh answered the first two of the 4 questions above and helped you to see how you can successfully get a graduate job in the UK. The good news is it isn’t as hard as you think.

Today our Immigration Advisor, Prabha Sadhwani will take over from Surabhi to answer the next question pressing question for many graduate students in the UK:

What are my chances of successfully getting a Graduate level job in the UK?

In 2018, nearly 6000 students were granted leave to stay in the UK under a Tier 2 Work Visa. Baring in mind that there were 310,000 international students in the UK, it means that there were around 2% who stayed under the Tier 2 General Visa sponsorship. However, let’s not forget that out of these, there will be at least half who did not want to stay in the UK after their studies.

So in reality, the percentage of international students who successfully get a job out of those who actively apply in the UK and are successful is much higher than 2 percent.

The top 3 industries that hire international students are;

  1. Accounting and professional services;
  2. Banking and Finance
  3. Engineering and Technology

Smart Tip: LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to discover companies that would hire you, and sponsor you a visa.

Now everyone’s heard of ‘The Big 4’ accounting firms, the top consulting companies, and who the large investment banks are; because they actively advertise their graduate jobs. They visit your universities, they take part in career fairs, of course then you have heard of these big international companies. But there are many less well known Tier 2 Sponsors in your industry that you’ve probably never heard of.

If you would like us to send you a list of companies in the UK that are certified to sponsor international students for their Tier 2 Work Visas, then all you have to do is email us info@smartmove2uk.com, with the subject line: “TIER 2 LIST”.

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We will be having a different associate from our team of UK immigration experts answer each question in a different blog article, each day this week. Fill in your email in the space below so you never miss a Smart Move Blog Update.

If you any other query related to any form of UK visas or immigration procedures, fill in your details in the form to your right and one of our experts will be in touch with you shortly, with precisely the answers you are looking for.


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