The UK government has announced a two-year post-study work visa for international students coming to the United Kingdom starting 2020/2021 academic year. This is an opportunity to help brilliant and hardworking international students to find and build successful careers in the United Kingdom. It means from 2020, anyone who has studied at an undergraduate or postgraduate level will be able to apply for a two-year post-study visa if they want to work and stay in the UK.
This new development will welcome prospective students throughout the globe including Africa, Asia, America et al. It is expected that all students should have valid immigration status as a student and would have completed an academic course of study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at an approved UK higher education provider registered with UKVI. This development comes with the opportunity for eligible students to look for work or work in any career field or position of their choice for two years after completion of their university degree program or course of study.
Currently, post-study work opportunities only provide for overseas students to stay for four months after their graduation dates. As the law applies, these students are expected to return to their home country or find work and switch to a fulltime work and eventually a working visa. As it stands right now, the new route allows for permanent work and eventually the opportunity to settle permanently in the UK as a citizen or permanent resident.
The UK government has always been out with a keen eye for the best of the best international students. They will recruit in partnership with other conglomerates within the country, recruit, train and retain the best overseas talent. As the government embarks on opening new technological advancements and breakthroughs, these recruits then become the backbone of the operational machine working in areas such as digital advancement, research, science and other world leading developments to advance the lifestyle and business in the UK.
During Theresa Mays’ reign, with the coalition movement, the two post-study work visas were curtailed, saying the UK was becoming too generous and the program was taken off the shelf. According to the current home secretary, this is an opportunity for international students to gain working experience either in maths, engineering, or technology, and gain valuable industry work experience as they go on to build powerful and successful careers either in the UK or in any part of the world.
I think it is right to agree that this move has changed things for the United Kingdom for the best. The best of the best students will have to go head-to-toe for these visas and job search.
The post-study work visa is currently active and is witnessing a surge in the number of prospects wanting to come study and live in the United Kingdom. As the programme is already active, international students will be able to start their applications this year going forward. The program comes with relaxed immigration roles making it relatively easy to access the scheme upon completion of studies with good grades.
This is an excellent update for International students studying in the United Kingdom. As we both know, international students contribute about or above 26 Billion in economic contributions. The annihilation of the previous program by the then home secretary Theresa May puts the UK at a competitive disadvantage in attracting new students. The rebirth of the programme puts the UK back in its place as the best and first choice study destination for international students the world at large.
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