// My Visa Ends In January. What Now?

As you read this your thoughts may be turning from your final exams to your job hunting prospects. Your time is more limited than it was and now you are starting to assess your options. You can download this report here.

So What Choices Do You Have If You Visa Runs Out In January?

options 2

In This Report, We Will Deal With Option 1.

As the UK’s leading career coach for international students, we specialise in coaching and mentoring students just like you into Times Top 100 companies in the UK, the Netherlands, and China.

Find a job in the UK

Let’s be honest. If you wanted to work, most of you will want to stay and work in the UK. This is the biggest prize.

Is it impossible? Not at all, we have helped over 1,000 clients into top jobs in the UK. We know it can be done, and our success rate hasn’t slowed, even as Visa restrictions have become tighter.
But, it is hard.

How much time will it take?

If you are reading this in September and you haven’t started applying then you should be worried. In our experience, you need to begin applying as soon as applications open.

Some applications will open as early as June. So simply put, the sooner you begin applying the better.

CIUK’s Timeframe

We can only use our own experience, so here is a timeline for our clients on average. The average time for an application process is 2-3 months.

This includes:

job process

The average time for our Offer Guarantee Clients is 4 months, the shortest being 2 weeks (BDO) and the longest being 7 months (EY)

Your timeframe: 4-6 Months

Tier 2 Explained

Before we explain the 2 scenarios of applying for a Tier 2, you must be aware of some important facts:

1. If you go on to study at a private college that is NOT a University, you will not be able to apply for a Tier 2 In Country ( Scenario One)

Taken from Deloitte’s Graduate Website

Deloitte International Student Applications

2. Many companies now will NOT accept international students unless their Tier 4 runs up until they have to apply for a Tier 2 Visa ( If your Visa ends in January 2018, you can ONLY apply for Spring 2018 starts (excludes Investment Banks) you would not be eligible for Autumn 2018 intakes.)

3. To be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK you must be earning £35,000 per year after 5 years. So you must position yourself in a job where this is achievable

Applying for a Tier 2

Two Scenarios: Apply within the UK and Apply from outside the UK

Scenario One: Apply Within UK
  • Best option if your current Tier 4 visa covers you till your intended job start date (and you have a Certificate from a UK HEI).
  • Unrestricted CoS, i.e. no limit.
  • Big employers will handle the visa application on your behalf, Success rate: very high.
Scenario Two: Apply From Outside The UK
  • Needs to go through Residential Labour Test which is the point-based system.
  • The annual limit of 20,700, which equates to 1725 monthly.
  • In June 2016, for the first time ever we hit the monthly limit since the rule was implemented in 2011.

Schemes Available

Times Top 100

With so much choice, which is the best scheme for you?

Times Top 100 Companies are best.

Professional Services companies like PwC, BDO, Deloitte, KPMG, and EY have schemes open all year round. Their Spring intakes open in July/August.

Key Point: Applications for International Students will close 4 MONTHS before the start date, this allows your employer time to employ for your Visa.

Investment Banks will open in August and September onwards.
Engineering and FMCG companies tend to open from June onwards.
Law firms will open their applications in October/November for Training Contract’s applications in 2 year’s time.


So what do you need to land a top job?

Many graduate schemes are non-degree specific so it is not as hard as you might think.

  • A minimum 2:1 for your 1st Bachelor’s Degree ( This equates to a 60% grade or above, though may vary by country and University)
  • A minimum of 280 UCAS Points (PwC mostly waived this requirement except Consulting this year) this depends on the job as well.

Certain positions do accept a 2:2 or lower UCAS points, analyse the job description

If you still cannot apply we suggest applying for an SME or gaining an internship (Check Tier 2 Sponsor List) which later on could lead to a Tier 2.

What Jobs Are There For Me?

Times Top 100 Graduate jobs are up 7.5% in 2016.

International students are not able to work in the public sector or the army so these numbers have been removed to give an accurate reflection of jobs available to them.

2016 Grad Stats

The industries hiring the biggest number of graduates are 

  • Accounting and Professional Services
  • Banking and Finance
  • Engineering and Industrial
  • Investment Banking

What Should I Do Now?


CIUK is the UK’s leading Career Coaching company for international students in the UK.

Whether you want to work at home, go to Holland or stay in the UK, we have the services that can help you to achieve your goals.

If your Visa is ending in January and you do not know what to do please send your CV with the header “January” to hr@careerinteractive.org and one of our Career Consultants will contact you for your free job consultation.

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