21.06.2019 Home Secretary Sajid Javid has backed calls to lift post-study work restrictions for international students, which would enable graduates to stay in the UK for up to 2 years after graduation.

21.06.2019 Home Secretary Sajid Javid has backed calls to lift post-study work restrictions for international students, which would enable graduates to stay in the UK for up to 2 years after graduation.

Sajid Javid may be about to help introduce a reform that could further increase the UK’s intake of international students.

The Home Secretary backed calls from universities, academics and the former universities minister to extend the post-study visa length from six months to two years.

As part of wider government reforms in 2012, the post-study work visa was reduced from two years to four months. But Mr Javid said it makes “no sense to send some of the world’s brightest and most enterprising people straight home after their time” in the UK.

Ever since the reforms there have been calls from politicians and universities to reverse the legislation in order to enable international students to remain in the UK for up to two years upon the completion of their studies.

Over the last decade international student numbers in the UK have risen by 70%. Rising international student numbers continue to drive demand for purpose-built student accommodation in the UK’s elite university cities.

The Home Secretary recognises that the impact of rising international student numbers is already having on the UK’s undersupplied purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector is immense.

“It makes no sense to send some of the world’s brightest and most enterprising people straight home after their time here,” explained Mr Javid.

“So as prime minister I would make Mr Johnson’s plan government policy.”

“I want to put skilled Britons in the same room as bright Europeans and those from other nations — in Manchester, Leeds and London, not Paris or Stockholm,” added Mr Javid.

The Home Secretary’s comments were met with wide-scale approval, not least from the Russell Group of elite UK universities.

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