On Saturday, UK launched a new “International Education Strategy” as it prepares for post-Brexit policies. The strategy, which is focused on raising the flow of international students into the UK as recipients of the country’s higher education system to 600,000 from the present 460,000 received per year come 2030, includes an improved post-study visa regime.
This post-study visa regime will be of great benefits to Indian students who represent the significant applicants to the UK higher education system, after Chinese students, from non-EU countries.
Students from India are considered to be very sensitive to the possibility of gaining work experience after their degree courses at UK universities.
Post-study Work Option
Undergraduate and Masters students will have the opportunity of remaining in the UK for half a year after graduation to get work experience once the new strategy becomes effective.
While commenting on the development, the Director of the Universities UK International (UUK), Vivienne Stern, said the country recognizes Indian students’ ambition, and passion about their career path and hence is receptive to the focus on employability in the international education strategy. She said the new 600,000 yearly target is a call to international students to come to the UK.
The improved visa regime also allows undergraduate and Masters students a period of three months before graduating to find work as well as change from student visa to work visa.
As for Ph.D. students, they will equally be allowed three months before rounding up their program to get work and change visa, just like undergraduate and Masters students, but will have a whole year post-graduation to gain work experience in the UK.
According to the strategy paper, students will have absolutely free access to work during the leave period that follows their study.
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