NEW POST-STUDY IMMIGRATION ROUTE ANNOUNCED - 11 September 2019
A new immigration route has been announced that means that International students in the U.K. who have studied any subject will be able to stay in the U.K. for up to two years to find work.
The new route will be a separate visa requiring a separate application, and it is expected that students entering the UK in the 2020-21 academic year intake will be eligible.
Students will need to have completed a degree from a trusted university or higher education provider. The new immigration route will build upon the U.K.’s effort to recruit and retain the best and brightest global talent, and is in recognition of the important contribution international students make to the U.K. both culturally and economically. The new immigration route has no cap on numbers.
Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council said:
"The British Council strongly welcomes today’s announcement of a new immigration route that will give international students more time to find skilled work after they graduate. We have long recognised the enormous economic and socio-cultural benefits that international students bring to the UK. This new immigration route will also support the UK's ambitions to increase the number of international students studying in the UK each year to 600,000 by 2030.
There is nothing more powerful in cultural relations than people from around the world coming to work and study in the UK. They return home with positive attitudes towards the UK and are more likely to visit us, trade with us and, if they end up in positions of power, support us in the international arena."
We will provide a more detailed brief of this new visa route at a later date when further information is available.