Britain to resume two-year working visa for foreign graduates

It is due to come into force in the next academic year

It is due to come into force in the next academic year

It is a return to the policy that was scrapped by the coalition government in 2012 when Theresa May, as then home secretary, said the two-year post-study work visa was "too generous".

It will also enhance opportunities for UK-based students and graduates, said the Institute of Student Employers' chief executive Stephen Isherwood, by allowing them to "develop a global mindset" through exposure to an worldwide community.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that the new changes will help students improve their career in Britain.

The new immigration route will be available for global students who have completed a course in any subject at undergraduate level or higher level at a Higher Education Provider which has a proven track record in upholding immigration checks and other rules of studying in the UK.

"The exorbitant NHS surcharge, the privatisation of visa services, the salary threshold, the economic restrictions on progression visas from student visas, xenophobia on campuses, the uncertainty over the future of a number of European Union students, persisting deportations and cash cow treatment in institutions are still major issues we need to tackle to make the United Kingdom an attractive study destination for overseas students".

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Alp Mehmet, chairman of Migration Watch UK, which campaigns to reduce immigration levels, said it was an "unwise" and "retrograde" step which would "likely lead to foreign graduates staying on to stack shelves, as happened before".

The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies. It aims to extend it to 60,000 over next 10 years, as per a report. Before the restrictions were put in place, Indian students used the two-year period to gain employment and recover some of the money spent studying in the country. Home secretary Priti Patel said the change in approach "demonstrates our global outlook and will ensure that we continue to attract the best and brightest".

The Guardian UK added that, from next year, all worldwide graduates could qualify for a two-year period to work in the UK, increasing their chances of finding long-term employment after studying. "Plus India has high unemployment right now so it is not surprising they are looking for good employment opportunities", Sanam was quoted as saying by TOI.

"The potential impact of this will be felt much more widely than our universities; it is sure to make a positive contribution to Scotland's demographic challenges and to Scotland's economy in the medium and long term", Mr Sim said.

Chancellor Sajid Javid tweeted that the move was "about time", adding that the government "should have reversed this silly policy years ago". Indian students are expected to benefit from this visa. "Not only will a wide range of employers now have access to talented graduates from around the world, but these students also hold lifelong links." said Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK.

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