Britain Gives Post-Study Work Opportunity Again!
Excellent news for those who are planning to study in the UK!
Aplic.io has been working with students for a long period of time. Based on our experience, we have to admit that students can be divided into two categories: the first category students plan to return to their home country after their graduation, the second category people are keen on staying in a foreign country to find a job. The incentives for those who want to remain abroad are various: some are attracted by higher salaries, some by better living and working standards. No matter what are the other reasons, we have good news for the second group: this year the UK made a good favor and restored a two-year post-study work visa!
In 2012, Theresa May, then-Home Secretary ordered to reduce the post-study work period for international graduates from two years to four months. According to May, it was too generous and indicated the failure of the immigration system.
Finally, seven years after this unpleasant decision, the government announced that soon the rights of students will be restored. This policy has now been repealed and all eligible international graduates will be able to stay in the country to work or seek employment for two years starting from the summer 2020/21.
Universities already hailed the news with great enthusiasm as they expect that it’ll increase the interest in education in Britain among international students. The UK plans to host 600,000 foreign students in the country in 2030 and boost education exports up to USD 46 billion. Currently, there are 460,000 students studying in the UK and contribute USD 32 billion.
Important to notice that only students graduating in summer 2020 and after will be able to receive this right. Also, only graduates of recognized universities are eligible. The new immigration law applies to all undergraduate and graduate students without any restrictions
Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary says that international students make a cultural and economic contribution to Britain and that’s the reason why they increased the period of time students can stay in the country.
Universities’ leaders actively campaigned this law amendment, which is the evidence of high support British institutions express even after their graduation. It isn’t surprising, that everybody in the educational sector met this news with exultation.
“Britain has a proud history of putting itself at the heart of international collaboration and discovery, that wouldn’t be possible without being open to the brightest and the best from across the globe to study and work in the UK,” Boris Johnson said in his statement, commenting the changes that will come into force in summer 2020.
To sum up, the UK is the most popular route for international students due to the absolute leadership of British universities in the world. Its universities always take the highest positions in rankings and are the oldest universities in the world. Now, with a two-years visa offer after graduation, international students have even more reasons to study in this benchmark country of education.