The government of the United Kingdom has changed 2012 visa rules, which will now allow foreign students to work for two years after graduation.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports one change in the visa rules is the new graduate immigration route, which will allow international students to stay in the UK for two years after they graduate to work or look for work.
According to the UK Home Office, this will ensure that the UK continues to attract the best and brightest.
A new graduate immigration route will allow international students to stay in the UK for two years after they graduate to work, or look for work, ensuring the UK continues to attract the best and brightest. pic.twitter.com/L8k7W1A0x2
— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) September 11, 2019
The government said part of the aim was to recruit talented graduates in disciplines such as maths, engineering and technology.
📢 JUST ANNOUNCED:
👩🎓👨🎓 International students can now stay in the UK for 2 years after graduating to help them find a skilled job.
🌏 We want the world's best talent to study and work here. pic.twitter.com/wo0n3svhV9
— Conservatives #StayAlert (@Conservatives) September 11, 2019
“The important contribution international students make to our country and universities is both cultural and economic. Their presence benefits Britain, which is why we’ve increased the period of time these students can remain in the UK after their studies.
“Our universities thrive on being open global institutions. Introducing the graduate route ensures our prestigious higher education sector will continue to attract the best talent from around the world to global Britain” Gavin Williamson, the education secretary said.
The move reverses a decision made in 2012 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May that forced overseas students to leave four months after finishing a degree.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the change would see students “unlock their potential” and begin careers in the UK.
The change will apply to international students in the UK – there were around 450,000 last year – who start courses at undergraduate level or above from next year onwards.
They must be studying at an institution with a track record in upholding immigration checks.
Under the proposals, there is no restriction on the kinds of jobs students would have to seek and no cap on numbers.