U.K Work VISA Extended for Foreign Students by 2 Years 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.

  • 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  • The work visa was revoked in 2012 by the then government, affecting the international student admissions as they had to leave just four months after completing their course.
  • The new "Graduate" route will launch for the 2020-21 intake of students to university.
  • The reintroduction of the program is expected to boost the number of students going to Britain significantly.
  • The new 'Graduate' route will be open to all international students -  including those from India - who have valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed a course of study in any subject at the undergraduate level or above at an approved UK higher education provider.
  • The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.
  • It will allow India students more time in the UK after completing their degree, allowing them to gain further skills and experience.
  • Indian students coming to study in the UK reached almost 22,000 in the year ending June 2019.
  • This was a 42 percent increase on the previous year - and almost 100 percent higher than three years ago.
  • This announcement follows the creation of a new fast-track visa route for scientists and the removal of the limit on Ph.D. students moving into the skilled work visa route, which collectively aims to cement the UK as a science superpower and a world leader in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) sector.
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