The UK government has announced that the cap on Ph.D. level Work Visas will end. Indians are the largest group among the beneficiary professionals due to this.
The announcement was made in the Budget update by Philip Hammond, the UK Chancellor. It is also known as the yearly Spring Statement. From later this year, all highly qualified Ph.D. level roles will be exempt from the cap. This is for arriving in the UK for Work.
Addressing the House of Commons, Hammond said that we plan to support the UK to remain at the top of the tech revolution. This is transforming the economy of the UK, he added. The Ph.D. level roles will be fully exempted from the Visa caps from this autumn. It is to support our ambitious plans, he explained.
The Ph.D. level occupations will be exempt from Tier 2 UK General cap from autumn 2019. The government will also revise the immigration rules for absences of 180 days. This is to ensure that researchers conducting overseas fieldwork are not penalized. This is if they file an application to settle in the UK, as quoted by the Business Standard.
Indians received the highest Tier 2 UK Work Visas under the general category. This is according to the latest data revealed by the UK Home Office. They accounted for 54% of all the Work Visas offered under this category in 2018.
Indian citizens also received the highest increase in grant of Tier 2 Work Visas in 2018. The increase was by 6% or 3, 032 Visas more in comparison with the last year.
UK Universities have welcomed the Ph.D. level exemption announced by the UK government. They are also the major employers of overseas researchers.
Director of Universities UK International Vivienne Stern said that this is incredible news for researchers from India. This is for those who would like to work for Universities in the UK.
UK universities thrive on uniting diverse brilliant minds overseas from across the world said, Stern. Universities UK International is the chief agency that represents higher education institutions in the UK.
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