United Kingdom reintroduces two-year work visa for foreign students

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

Students from overseas will have a two-year window to find work after graduation from next year, up from the current four-month window introduced by former prime minister Theresa May when she was home secretary in 2012.

The work visa was revoked in 2012 by the then government, affecting the worldwide student admissions as they had to leave just four months after completing their course. It today announced a two-year post-study work visa for global students.

When it comes to India, the number of graduates coming to Britain reduced from 51,218 in 2010 to 22,752 in 2011-12 and went further down to 15,388 in 2017-18, but increased to 21,881 past year, said a report from The Times of India.

The "graduate route" will be launched for 2020-21 students opting for British universities for graduate course.

"Our universities are attracting a record number of overseas students so there is no need to devalue a study visa by turning it into a backdoor route for working here", he added.

It marks a shift in policy created to add flexibility to the system for graduates from the Theresa May era, when student numbers were included in overall immigration targets.

The brand new visa guidelines apply to all eligible college students to use to jobs at any talent degree for 2 years after they graduate.

Boris Johnson said the changes will help those studying in Britain to begin their careers in the UK. Indian student numbers have significantly increased over the last three years, reaching nearly 22,000 in the year ending June 2019. Home secretary Priti Patel said the change in approach "demonstrates our global outlook and will ensure that we continue to attract the best and brightest". Before the restrictions were put in place, Indian students used the two-year period to gain employment and recover some of the money spent studying in the country.

Cranfield recruits high quality worldwide students, many on prestigious scholarships who - as part of their preparations for global citizenship - routinely express the wish to work in the UK.

The UK welcomes genuine students from India and the rest of the world for the positive contribution they make to the UK.

"It is not enough time to secure a job in four months, a year would be much more reasonable".

Education secretary Gavin Williamson added: "The important contribution worldwide students make to our country and universities is both cultural and economic. Not only will a wide range of employers now have access to talented graduates from around the world, but these students also hold lifelong links." said Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK. In fact, nearly half of all Indian students in the United Kingdom over the last decade chose a STEM subject as their field of study.

In a post on Facebook, Visu wrote: "Since the post study work visas were scrapped in 2012, various organisations including students' unions, the NUS, country specific student unions, Higher Education institutions...and worldwide student campaigners have put their heart and soul into campaigning for the re-introduction of post-study work visas and finally, we relish the success of our campaign as a sector".

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