UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the return of two-year post study work visa for international students who will successfully complete their course at under graduate level or higher level in the country. The good news was welcomed globally. Thousands of Indian students are likely to be impacted by this. The decision was long awaited by Universities Ministers in UK who have toiled for years and pressed the issue persistently in parliament.
The implementation plan and other details for the policy hasn’t been disclosed yet. However, students enrolling for 2020-21 academicyear will benefit from this.Althoughthe government is trying to attract international students from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathsdisciplines, there is no cap on the number of applicants. And graduates can apply for jobs regardless of their skills or the subjects they studied.
Students will now be able to stay in UK for two years after completing their studies in order to find employment. The two-year post study work visa was scrapped by the UK government in 2012 and post that students were only eligible to stay in the country for 4 to 6 months after completing their studies.
The 4 months visa created problems for both the students and employers in UK. Employers hesitated giving jobs to international students and students weren’t able to get global work experience and clear off the loans they had taken to study in the country. This led to a huge decline in number of students selecting UK as their study destination.
The restrictive policy affected UK universities both economically and culturally. London-based National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU) along with other stake holders has fought for 5+ years to bring back the policy and their efforts have finally paid off. The move will once again make UK, the first choice for study destination.