The U.K. has decided to re-introduce the two-year post-study work visa for international students, boosting opportunities for talented students to build successful careers thereafter their education.
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- The move comes after intense debate and demand by the universities in the U.K. that feared losing talent to other countries. The work visa was revoked in 2012 by the then govt, affecting the international student admissions as they had to leave just four months after completing their course.
- This is fantastic news for Indian students, who will now be able to spend more time in the U.K. after completing their degree, allowing them to gain further skills and experience.
- According to the new proposals, complete restrictions have been lifted on the kinds of jobs they prefer to pursue.
- The British High Commission said that the new ‘graduate’ route will be open to all international students – including those from India – who have valid U.K. immigration status as a student and have successfully completed a course of study in any subject at undergraduate level or above at an approved U.K. Higher Education Provider.
- Visa removal had actually led to a fall in the number of Indian students but the numbers have doubled over the last three years. Last year alone there was a massive 42% increase.
- As of now, 19,750 Indian students are on U.K. campuses including 11,255 pursuing Masters degree.
- As per the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) out of the 19,750 students, 11,255 are pursuing post-graduate courses, 1,555 are into postgraduate research courses and 6,945 are in undergraduate courses.
- The U.K. varsities feel the new move will be a big boost to attract the best talent from India and open up more opportunities to post-study work in the field of science, technology, and research.
- British Deputy High Commissioner to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana said 96% of all Indians who applied for a UK visa were successful.
- The visa will be applicable to the 2020-21 year intake of students and after the two years, they will be able to switch onto the skilled work visa if they find a job that meets the skill requirement of the route. Unlike the route which closed in 2012, this new route will also include safeguards to ensure only genuine, credible students are eligible.
- The status of each higher education institution will be shown in the register of licensed sponsors, which is publicly available on the Gov.UK website.