21.03.2019 UK government decided to extend the length of time student can stay in the UK to find work after graduation.

21.03.2019 UK government decided to extend the length of time student can stay in the UK to find work after graduation.

The UK government decided to make changes to student visa immigration rules. These changes would extend the length of time international bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD students have to stay and find work in the country after graduating.

“We recognise that reforms are required to provide an improved service, offering better business access to international talent”, stated the government in the immigration White Paper.

All students who have completed a degree and wish to stay on in the UK to work can benefit from six months’ post-study leave. Those who have completed a PhD will have 12 months.

The proposals will also ensure there is no limit on the number of “genuine international students” who can come to the UK to study.

“We will also allow for students studying at bachelor’s level or above to be able to apply to switch into the skilled workers route up to three months before the end of their course in the UK, and from outside of the UK for two years after their graduation,” stated the White Paper.

Sajid Javid, UK home secretary said “We should be more welcoming to students in this country”.

“Not just to come and study in our great universities, but those that then graduate and get these great skills from fantastic universities, we should make it easier for them to stay in the UK and to work, and in that case the salary threshold will be a lot lower.”

According to Jessica Cole, head of policy at Russell Group, allowing international graduates to remain in the UK for up to six months after completing their studies is a “step in the right direction” and “lengthening the period further would help the UK keep up with our international competitors, such as Canada and Australia”.

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