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Starting next year, international students graduating from British universities will be given a two-year post-study work visa to find job opportunities in the country. The current policy states that graduates with bachelor's or master’s degrees are allowed to stay and look for work in the UK for only four months. However, as of next year, graduates could be getting up to a two-year period to work in the UK, with higher chances of long term employment. 

This policy had been previously implemented prior to Theresa May’s restrictive immigration policies in 2012, which were later blamed as a cause in the drop in international student enrollments. Universities in the UK had around 460,000 international students recorded in their books just last year, not including those from within the European Union, so that’s a pretty generous offering. The government is aiming to grow that number to 600,000 international students over the next 10 years.

With no cap on numbers and no restrictions on the skills or majors, graduates can apply for jobs regardless of their skills or the subject they studied. The aim is to recruit talented graduates in the UK because, particularly in the disciplines of math, engineering, and technology.

According to the Department for Education, this new route will be available to international students “who have successfully completed a course in any subject at undergraduate level or higher at a higher education provider with a track record of compliance, and have tier 4 [visa] at the point the route is introduced.”


With all the Brexit drama, universities in the UK are welcoming the new policy with open arms as they’re bracing for the falling number of students coming in from the EU. 

Source: The Guardian