Demystifying the New Graduate Immigration Route for UK Employers


The UK India Business Council (UKIBC), together with key stakeholders at UK Visas and Immigration (Home Office) and BUILA (British Universities International Liaison Association), are delighted to invite you to our upcoming webinar diving into what the re-introduction of the Graduate Immigration Route (GIR) means for UK employers.

The GIR is a major gamechanger for international students keen to study and work in the UK and for UK universities. However, this new policy change also opens up exciting opportunities for UK employers who are now able to recruit the best talent from around the world in a much more flexible way.

Sharing their expertise on the day will be Harry Booty, International Communications Lead at UKVI; Catriona McCarthy, BUILA Vice Chair and Director for Global Engagement at Ulster University; and Sharad Pandey, Head HR at State Bank of India, UK Ltd. In this interactive session, as well as answering your questions, our industry specialists will:

  • Promote and explain GIR rules and eligibility
  • Clarify the application process (new app based process and the old process)
  • Highlight the requirements for companies who are hiring a GIR visa holder
  • Explore, from an employer’s perspective, if any knowledge gaps exist
  • Address student employability and how higher education institutions can link up with employers

Given this is a new reform, and UK employers may not be fully aware of the details of the GIR, UKIBC are holding this session to demystify the policy for UK employers and highlight the various ways in which they can derive real benefits from this welcome reform. This webinar will be valuable to both universities and corporates and we would be delighted to have you join this session. Please do also feel free to share this invitation with colleagues in your company HR department.

To confirm your place, please register using the link below!

Our graduate immigration route experts

Harry Booty – International Communications Lead, UKVI

Harry Booty - International Communications Lead, UKVIHarry Booty is UKVI’’s International Communications Lead, based in New Delhi since August 2017. He manages UKVI’s communications and engagement with global audiences and partners. Harry directly leads on this in South and South-East Asia and manages a team of three to cover the rest of Asia and Africa.

Harry’s main objectives are to explain the UK visa system – how it works, application guidance, and operational updates – in addition to updating partners about relevant migration policy updates that affect their work, for example the new Graduate Route.

Catriona mccarthy – BUILA Vice Chair and Director for global engagement at ulster university

Catriona McCarthy - BUILA Vice Chair and Director for Global Engagement, Ulster UniversityCatriona is Director for Global Engagement at Ulster University, where she has responsibility for providing professional leadership of the University’s internationalisation strategy, managing its delivery and related stakeholder engagement. She has worked within the University sector since 2002, having held positions at Heriot Watt University and the University of Aberdeen, and joined Ulster from the University of Edinburgh where she was Deputy Director, International.

Catriona currently serves as Vice Chair of the British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA); as a member of the UCAS International Advisory Group; as an Observer Member of UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Board of Trustee. She is also a member the Senate of Ulster University.

Sharad Pandey – Head HR, SBI UK Ltd

Mr Sharad Pandey is the Head of HR for SBI UK Ltd and SBI London Main Branch. Prior to this, Mr Pandey was the Head of HR for ICICI Bank UK & EMEA . He also worked as Zonal Head – HR for ICICI Bank , India.

Mr Pandey has over 16 years of experience in Financial and Technology sector. Mr Pandey holds an Engineering degree in Computer Sciences from the National Institute of Engineering, India and a MBA degree from XLRI, India.

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