UK planning to extend work-visa for foreign students by 2 years, says Report

Published on: Sep 11, 2019 11:20 IST
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Good news is just around the corner for students planning to pursue their higher studies in UK. Authorities in United Kingdom are planning to extend the work-visa allotted to foreign students studying in British Universities by two years, as per reports. The decision to extend work-visa and relax rules for foreign students comes in the wake of British Government’s slew of measures planned to boost number of foreign students in UK after BREXIT.

UK Govt’s Move to Boost Number of Foreign Students

As per media reports, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a proposal which will include a package of government measures that will try and augment the number of foreign students pursuing higher studies in Universities across Britain. The relaxation of work-visa norms for students and others are expected to be part of this package.

Post Study Period to be extended

British Media Reports have also said that the Department of Education of British Government has confirmed the strategy being considered by PM Johnson to boost number overseas students in UK. Currently, there is no limit on the number of international students that are allowed in UK to pursue higher studies. To further ensure that UK attracts the best talents and brilliant minds from across the globe,  the British Government is planning to extend the post-study leave period to 6 months for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Similarly,  for foreign students pursing doctoral studies in UK, the post-study leave period would be extended to 1 year.

Improvement in Visa Allocation Process

To further attract overseas students to pursue higher studies in the UK, the British Government is also planning to improve the students’ visa allocation process. Additionally, the Education Department of British Government will also look into supporting student employment after the completion of their studies. The scheme was earlier scrapped by former British Prime Minister Theresa May in 2012.

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