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UK Changes Post Study Work Permit to two years : All you need to know

UK Changes Post Study Work Permit to two years : All you need to know

Are you planning to study in the UK? Then you have a reason to celebrate as UK’s Government has decided to re-start granting two-year post-study work permit which was revoked in 2012 by the then government. It is an excellent opportunity for you, as you will be able to work in your field for two years and build a successful career after completing your study program. For the work permit, you will need a tire-4 student visa and a degree from a recognized UK university or college. There is no cap on work permits; any number of students can apply for it. Moreover, during the period, if you find a job that meets the skill requirements of the skilled work route, then you would be able to switch to that route.

What was the previous policy?

In 2012, Theresa May, who was then Home Secretary, introduced restrictive rules and revoked the two-year post-study work visa in hope to control incoming migrants, which adversely affected International-student admissions in the UK's universities.

Mr. Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, scrapped the policy after coming into power in July. UK universities welcome the move.

“A new graduate immigration route will allow international students to stay in the UK for two years after they graduate to work, or look for work, ensuring the UK continues to attract the best and brightest.”
Tweeted by UK Home Office @ukhomeoffice

How many international students enrolled last year?

As per the data from UKCISA, In 2017-2018, If we leave students from European union, approximately, 4,68,000 International students enrolled in British universities which includes just over 19,700 students from India interestingly it is same as the number of Indian students who came in 2013-14 . the number one student sending country is China from which 1,06,530 students came in 2017-2018.

What was the reason behind changing the policy?

It was the long-standing demand of UK universities to abolish the restrictions on two-year study permit as they considered it as an obstacle to attract new international students. Many former and current cabinet ministers supported demand. In addition to this, it is also being looked as UK’s new approach to attract the best brains after Brexit. UK universities have welcomed the change.

“Big news - Home Secretary accepts my new clause in Immigration Bill lifting post study restrictions on foreign students! Real win for UK soft power. Many thanks to Conservative colleagues and the x-party MPs who backed it, esp @PaulBlomfieldMP “
Tweeted by Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington

Will it benefit Indian Students?

Yes, Indian students who want to study in the UK will get the same benefits as other International students as this policy is aimed to attract students from all around the world.

“Fantastic news for Indian students, who will now be able to spend more time in The UK after completing their degree, allowing them to gain further skills & experience.”
Tweeted by UK in India @UKinIndia

When will the new policy come into effect?

It is expected that students who enroll for session 2020/21 will benefit from the new two-year work permit policy.

If you want to study in the UK, then this is the right time to apply. Contact our Experienced Study visa counselors and explore your chances to study in one of the best universities or colleges in the UK. You can call us on 92563-92563.

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