U.K. to re-introduce two-year post-study work permit visa

Published on : Tuesday, September 17, 2019

 The two-year post-study work visa for international students will be re-introduced by U.K. to boost opportunities for talented students so that they can build successful careers there after their education.


Universities in the U.K. made an intense demand that they had the fear of losing talents to other countries.


In 2012 the work visa was revoked by the then government and affecting the international student admissions which made them leave just four months after completing their course.


Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India said that it is a fantastic news for Indian students, who will now be able to spend more time in the U.K. after completing their degree, allowing them to gain further skills and experience.


The new proposal will see the removal of complete restrictions on the kinds of jobs they prefer to pursue.



All the international students will now be able to take the new ‘graduate’ route having valid immigration status as a student and successfully completed a course of study in any subject at undergraduate level or above at an approved U.K. Higher Education Provider.


There was a fall in the number of Indian students due to the removal but the numbers doubled over the last three years. In 2018 there was a massive 42% increase.




The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) brought forward that out of the 19,759 students, 11, 255 are pursuing post-graduate courses. Around 1,555 are into the postgraduate reaserch courses and 6,945 are in undergraduate courses.


According to the U.K. varsities the move will be a big boost and attract the best talents providing opportunities to work in different fields.



To the 2020-21 year intake of students the visa will remain applicable and after two years they will be able to switch onto the skilled work visa if they find a job that meets the skill requirements of the route.

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