UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the return of the two-year work visa after the study for international students.
According to Nigeria newspaper today the new immigration route announced on Wednesday means that graduates in any subject can stay in the UK again for two years to find work after graduation.
Currently, most international students who read bachelor’s and master’s degrees can stay and work for only four months.
The measure revokes a decision taken in 2012 by Interior Secretary Theresa May, who abolished the two-year work visa after the study that had made Britain an attractive place for international students, saying it was “too generous” .
That led to a sharp drop in students going to Britain. The new immigration route will be available to international students who have successfully completed a course in any subject at the undergraduate or higher level at a higher education provider who has a proven track record in defending immigration controls and other rules for Study in the UK.
In addition, students must leave Level 4 at the point where the route is entered. This includes students who begin courses in 2020/21 at the undergraduate or higher level.
The new route allows eligible students to work or look for work, at any skill level, for two years after graduating before having to convert to another visa or having to leave the country.
According to the Prime Minister, this change would see students “unlock their potential” and start careers in the UK.