In what comes as a delight for international students is the news from the United Kingdom. The students enrolling for the 2020-21 session could stay and work in the country with a two-year post-study work permit visa. This is applicable for foreign students entering the UK for under-graduate, post-graduate and PhD programmes. Currently, they can stay for a period of four months after graduating.
This move is seen as a policy U turn announced by the Boris Johnson government after the policy was scrapped in 2012 when Theresa May was the Home Secretary. With this, the Britain would definitely attract foreign students at a better pace.
UK – A Popular Destination Amongst Indians
United Kingdom has always been one of the top overseas destinations, given the quality and reputation of education system there. It is interesting to note that the number of Indian students studying in UK increased from 11,700 in June 2017 to 22,000 in June 2019.
Overall, the tourism has taken a leap too, as in the last year, 6,10,000 Indian nationals were granted the UK visa. This means that 1 out of 5 visas granted by UK last year was to Indians.
Key Points From The Announcement
- Students entering the United Kingdom in the 2020-21 academic year intake will meet the eligibility criteria for the updated policy.
- The visa provided for the post-study work permit would be an separate one, hence requiring a new application; the Immigration Health Surcharge would need to be renewed as well, respective payments for both should be met duly.
- The two-year work permit visa does not count towards settling up in the UK after its expiry, but graduates who find appropriate job and fulfil the requirements, can find a route to settlement as well.
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