The UK Govt. is all set to relax Student Visa rules. International students in the UK will now have more time to look for employment after completing their studies.
International students who have completed their Bachelors and Masters will get 6 months of post-study leave. This was published by the UK Govt. in a paper titled “The UK’s future skills-based immigration system”.
The post-study leave will provide more time for students to look for permanent employment. They may also find temporary work during this period.
Students who have completed a PhD program in the UK will get 1 year of post-study leave.
Previously, international students from non-EU countries got only 4 months to look for employment. They needed an employer to sponsor them to switch to a Tier 2 (General) Visa.
Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, said allowing more time for foreign students to look for employment will send the message that foreign students are welcome in the UK. However, Universities will still continue to campaign for a 2-year Post-Study Work Visa for international students.
Jessica Cole, Russell Group Head of Policy said that allowing foreign students post-study leave is a welcome move. It will help the UK compete with other popular study-abroad destinations like Canada and Australia.
The international student population in the UK has grown very little since 2012. This has been found by a research conducted by UCL’s Centre for Global Higher Education, as per Study International.
Other countries are soon catching up with the UK in the study abroad field. Australia has already overtaken the UK as the second most popular study abroad destination.
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