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UK To Extend Work Visas For Overseas Students By Two Years

Written By Pragya Puri | Mumbai | Published:

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  • UK administration announced that they are planning to give 2 years visa extension to the foreign students
  • This is precisely done to attract the number of foreign students, especially after Brexit.

The UK administration announced that they are planning to give two years visa extension to the foreign students after completing studies in British universities. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson again introduced the scheme. This is precisely done to attract the number of foreign students, especially after Brexit. The return of the two-year post-study work visa for international students was reintroduced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He announced this as one of the government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit, according to the British media reports.

UK to attract more students

The Department for Education told international media that, “There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and master's students, and a year for doctoral students." The authorities will also be improving the visa process for the applicants and enhance student employment. This is done to meet the demands after Brexit. It is considered a political move but with uncertain results. 

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Overturning May's decision

This announcement will overturn the decision taken by Theresa May’s government in 2012 in order to restrict immigration. Earlier the decision to revoke the visa provision which was criticized as there was a decrease of foreign students who enrolled in British universities. The former Education Minister Jo Johnson also campaigned to extend the visa period for the postgraduate. It was his amendment in the immigration bill to provide an extended visa for the next two years after the study period is over. 

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Skilled jobs to meet skill requirements 

With the upcoming visa policy, the graduates will be able to fetch job opportunities irrespective of their skills and subject expertise. The government aims at enhancing recruitments at disciplines like maths, technology, and engineering. However, the Britain Home Secretary in an interview with the international media called the move foolishness of the government. She said that most of the medical and research students are performing well without enough earnings. This move according to her would disrupt them from coming here to work and to live. But the Department of Education ensured that this new amendment will open a wave of opportunities and students will be able to switch routes. This will help people discover jobs that meet their skill requirements.

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