Student update: changes to the Immigration Rules (17 July 2023)

18 July 2023


On 17 July 2023, the UK Government published a statement with details of all the changes they are making to the Immigration Rules. This statement is called a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 1496

Some of the changes impact the ability of those on the Student route to ‘switch’ into a number of different work routes (including the Skilled Worker route). The changes to the ‘switching’ rules became law from 15:00 (UK time) on 17 July 2023. The provisions concerning the Graduate route however remain unchanged.

As the changes announced are extensive, we will be doing a thorough analysis of the changes that are most relevant to students and will provide you with further details of those changes shortly.

In the meantime, you may wish to look through the Explanatory Memorandum of the Statement of Changes to understand some of the key changes for yourself.