UK To Extend Work Visas For Foreign Students

The United Kingdom authorities have announced plans to extend the work visas for foreign students studying in British universities by two years.

The return of the two-year post-study work visa for international students was reintroduced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit, according to the British media reports.

The scheme was earlier scrapped in 2012 by former British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Announcing the strategy, the Department for Education said: “There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and master’s students, and a year for doctoral students.

“The announcement said the government would also consider “how the visa process could be improved for applicants and supporting student employment.”

Home secretary Priti Patel said: “The new Graduate Route will mean talented international students, whether in science and maths or technology and engineering, can study in the UK and then gain valuable work experience as they go on to build successful careers. It demonstrates our global outlook and will ensure that we continue to attract the best and brightest”.

“The important contribution international students make to our country and universities is 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,” Education secretary, Gavin Williamson added.

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