MAC publishes review of Graduate Visa route

A review of the Graduate Visa route has been published by the Migration Advisory Committee.

14 May 2024

Following a request from the Home Secretary, the Graduate Visa route has been reviewed by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and no widespread misuse has been found. 

The MAC has announced that it recommends the route stays in place in its current form.  

The committee has recommended some additional requirements such as:

  • universities should be required to publish data on their spend on international recruitment agents and the number of students recruited through agents
  • the government establishes a mandatory registration system for international recruitment agents and subagents which encompasses the quality controls in the voluntary Agent Quality Framework (AQF)
  • the Home Office introduces a requirement for universities to provide confirmation of the course outcome (e.g. class of degree) on the student route, in addition to confirmation that a course has been successfully completed (which is currently required).

The full review is available on the GOV.UK website.