Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, has announced the return of the Post-study Work Visa for foreign students in the UK. This move will have a positive impact on thousands of Indian students studying in the UK.
The announcement which came on Wednesday means that Indian students will once again be able to stay back in the UK on completing their studies. The 2-year Post-study Work Visa will allow Indian students valuable time to look for work after they graduate.
At present, most international students are only allowed to stay back in the UK for 4 months after their graduation.
International students who have completed an undergraduate or higher course in the UK would be eligible for the Post-study Work Visa. Students will need to have a valid Tier 4 Visa at the time of applying for this visa. This also applies to international students who will start their studies in the UK in 2020-21.
The UK has also announced that there will be no cap on the Post-study Work Visa, as per The Times of India.
The UK had abolished the 2-year Post-study Work Visa in 2011. The termination of this visa led to a 55% decline in the number of international students in the UK. Britain had 51,218 foreign students in 2010-11. Once the Post-study Work Visa was terminated the numbers dropped to 22,757 in 2011-12. It further declined to 15,388 in 2017-18.
Last year saw a slight increase in the number of international students in the UK to 21,881.
Sanam Arora, Founder of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK, said that she was delighted at the news. She expressed her gratitude to Priti Patel, Boris Johnson and Jo Johnson. She also said that 4 months was too less time for employers in the UK to offer jobs to international students. With students now getting 2 years, employers will be much more forthcoming in offering jobs to foreign students.
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