Big News: International students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years, 2020 onwards

Are you are a graduate international student studying in the UK? Then there’s good news for you – Your chances of obtaining long-term employment in the UK have remarkably increased! As per the prevalent regulations, students were permitted to stay in the UK (for a job) only for four months; however, 2020 onwards, all international graduates will be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from any British university. The new policy is definitely going to enhance the number of aspiring UK applicants to a notable extent as it will further enable graduates to obtain jobs in a smoother manner regardless of their skills or the subjects they studied.

It is unquestionably a great bulletin announced by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson; the return of the two-year post-study work visa for international students is going to have a radical impact on the future of the study abroad aspirants. The government revealed the policy change with the emphasis on the UK’s need for expertise, especially in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field. International students comprise at least one-half of the total full-time postgraduate students pursuing these domains. “With the new rule, the international graduates in any subject, including STEM, will be able to stay in the UK for two years to find work,” read the statement.

New Rule coming next year: All international graduates could qualify for a two-year period to work in the UK, increasing their chances of finding long-term employment after studying. International students are to be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university, the government will announce, overturning a key plank of Theresa May’s restrictive immigration policies.

Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, United Kingdom said: “The important contribution international students make to our country and universities are both cultural and economic. Their presence benefits Britain, which is why we’ve increased the period of time these students can remain in the UK after their studies … Our universities thrive on being open global institutions. Introducing the graduate route ensures our prestigious higher education sector will continue to attract the best talent from around the world to global Britain.”

The Department for Education (DfE) said the new immigration route would be available for international students “who have successfully completed a course in any subject at an undergraduate level or at a higher education provider with a track record of compliance, and have Tier 4 [visa] at the point the route is introduced,” starting from next year.

The DfE said the route would allow students to look for work at any level, and allow them to later apply for longer-term work visas. “Those on the route will be able to switch on to the skilled work route if they find a job which meets the skill requirements of the route,” the DfE said.

Facts to keep into account before planning for your UK Visa:

  • Do your own research about expenses such as cost of living, food & transport and plan accordingly
  • Open a Unizest account that can be opened from your home country within a short time without the need for a UK address (Unizest is a banking solution for international students in the UK)
  • Get a good idea of the number of buses/trains to and from your city and their frequency & fares

The change is greeted with enthusiasm by the UK Universities with 130 institutions operating under the organisation. And believe it, this is just the beginning! If you have been planning for a work visa in the UK, then it’s the right time to start your preparation. Need assistance to plan your study in the UK? Click here.


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