International Graduates Scheme - IGS
On 1 May 2007 the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme (SEGS) was replaced with the International Graduates Scheme (IGS).
The International Graduates Scheme grants the right to work in the UK for one year to those who successfully complete one of the following courses in the UK:
a Bachelor’s degree course
a Master's or PhD course
a postgraduate certificate or diploma
The UK authorities recognise those institutions that can offer degrees by virtue of their own degree awarding powers (recognised bodies) or those powers of another institution (listed bodies). A full list of recognised and listed UK further and higher education institutions is available on the Department for Education and Skills website at www.dfes.gov.uk/recognisedukdegree.
How do I know if the institution is ‘recognised’ or ‘listed’?
Applicants can apply for IGS before they are issued with their degree certificate. If they do not have a degree certificate, they can provide a letter from their institution confirming that they have completed the course at the required level.
What if I have my results, but have not graduated yet?
There are no restrictions on the type of work you can do as an IGS participant.
What type of work can I do?
You can be granted a maximum of 12 months of leave as an IGS participant.
How long can I stay in the UK under the scheme?
If you spend time outside the United Kingdom during that period you will not be eligible for any further grant of leave to make up this time.
Spouses, unmarried partners, civil partners and children who are already in the UK as the dependants of students are eligible to switch in line with the IGS applicant.
Can my dependants also stay in the UK?
If dependants are applying from abroad, then entry clearance is mandatory.