Despite the impact of Covid-19 on study abroad numbers, the UK government target of attracting 600,000 international students by 2030 is still “completely achievable”, according to the Home Office head of Student Migration Policy. The UK government is “fully signed up” to increase the number of international higher education students in the country, and that the intention of the new immigration system is to keep it as “simple and successful” as possible.
As per the UK government representative – The first rule in this new system launched on October 5 and is now live for applications. The rest of the first step of this new immigration system, including the new flagship points-based skilled worker route, will launch on December 1′ 2020. We think that time will really give students an opportunity to get the experience they need and in order to move through the immigration system and contribute to the UK economy. One of the key things that we’re trying to do with the graduate route in particular is to keep it as simple as we possibly can.
Regarding the Covid-19 situation which has meant many students have started or will be finishing courses through distance learning, the government is still “keen” for students to be studying in the UK in order to be eligible for the graduate route.
The representative further mentioned, “This will give a competitive offer to some of the brightest minds from across the world who bring huge benefits to university campuses and local communities and can help to build the economy.”