UK government on Wednesday gave relief to students going to Britain for studying by announcing the reintroduction of the two-year post-study work visa. The decision will expand opportunities for talented international students to build successful careers in the country.
Earlier in May, 2012, then Home Secretary Theresa May scrapped off two-year post-study work visa. It is being expected that the reintroduction of the program will boost the number of students going to Britain significantly.
The new ‘Graduate’ route will be open to all international students, including those from India , who have valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed a course of study in any subject at the undergraduate level or above at an approved UK higher education provider.
Now, following the introduction of the visa, eligible students will be allowed to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “The new Graduate Route will mean talented international students, whether in science and maths or technology and engineering, can study in the UK and then gain valuable work experience as they go on to build successful careers.”
British High Commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith said, “This is fantastic news for Indian students, who will now be able to spend more time in the UK after completing their degree, allowing them to gain further skills and experience.”
This year, in June ending, Indian students coming to study in the UK reached almost 22,000. The number shows a 42 per cent increase on the previous year and almost 100 per cent higher than three years ago.