This is an updated version of the article published on the 4th of January 2019.

Most people from Indian metros like Mumbai and Bangalore refrain from moving to study in the UK due to the fact that they want to remain in their home cities. However, many students are also apprehensive because they fear about the options they might have (or not have) once they finish their study in the United Kingdom. But our experience as an immigration law firm that has worked with numerous students moving to the UK to get their Tier 4 Student Visa., and each of them has carved out a fulfilling life for themselves in the UK.

Each of us knows we’re meant for something greater in life, but very few of us go ahead and do it. I had the pleasure of recently having a chat with one such individual who “did it”; Devika Jadhav, a marketing executive at Global Desi Mumbai, one of India’s fastest growing fashion brands fusing east with west like never done before. It was a fun yet eye-opening conversation about the nuances of life in the UK.

There is so much that the country offers, it’s astounding. From quality educational institutes to wonderful entrepreneurship opportunities.
…and some amazing places to eat great good As you will find out in this video below. If you’re interested in knowing the right spots in the UK, the benefits of a UK education in India, or fashion opportunities for aspiring students in the UK, you shouldn’t miss this video! And remember, The London Dungeon is a great place to visit.

On the other hand, if unlike Devika you want to look for career opportunities and continue life in the UK itself after you finish your studies on a UK Student Visa, there are opportunities available to remain in the UK on a business visa, like innovator visa or startup visas. Our esteemed director, Mr. Hemang Laaheru offers his take on different options on what to do after finishing your studies in the UK?

The Home Office states that “There is no limit on the number of graduates who can stay in the UK, as long as they get a graduate-level job paying a graduate-level salary…..Students are given four months in the UK after the end of their course to find a job.”

Here we look at the options available to students after finishing their course in the UK.

1) Startup Visa

This visa is for students who have a credible business idea and are endorsed by either

  • UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) as part of the elite global graduate entrepreneur program (Sirius) or
  • a UK higher education institution (HEI) if it’s an authorized endorsing body

Typically students need a UK-recognized bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD awarded before the date of endorsement and in addition they would need to meet the requirements for maintenance funds and the English language requirements.

2) Innovator Visa

This is visa is for anyone (not just for students) who has a viable, scalable, and innovative business idea and has access to funds for the business. This route would only be feasible for a student who has had experience in running a business in the past.

3) Tier 2 (General)

This category is suitable for nationals outside of the European Economic Area and Switzerland who have been offered a skilled job in the UK. It does require the students to find an employer who is registered with the UKVI as a Tier 2 sponsor and the sponsor to be willing to provide a Certificate of sponsorship for the student.

Students seeking to switch from Tier 4 student visa to the Tier 2 General. must have one of these qualifications from their student visa:

  • a UK bachelor’s degree
  • a UK master’s degree
  • a postgraduate certificate in education
  • a professional graduate diploma of education

The qualification must be awarded by a UK recognized body or an institution that has a Tier 4 sponsor license.

This is visa is for anyone (not just for students) who has a business idea and access to funds for the business. There are a few options under this category.

The options are in contrast to countries like France, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and several others who all offer post study work visas of at least 12 months without the need of any sponsor. In light of such options it should come as no surprise that UK is considered far less attractive for students from outside the European Union who not only are seeking to obtain a degree but also would like an opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain some experience before they return home.

Smart Assistance for Smart Ambitions

If you would like to apply for a Tier 4 student visa or are already in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa and would like to evaluate your options, you can email us at or call on +91 98191 27002 to book an appointment with our Immigration Experts at The SmartMove2UK (a unit of Smart Move Immigration).

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