In recent times, I have watched with sadness as loads of immigrant UK graduates who would have loved to forge a career in the UK leave the country due to no staying options. It is therefore with delight that I report that effective January 11th 2018, things will change.
New immigration rules will now allow foreign students to switch over to the skilled worker visa (known as Tier-2 visa) as soon as they finish their course. Students now have the time to find a job while still in the UK as they can apply for this visa even before the degree results are out.
“According to current norms, they must wait until they obtain a degree to apply for the Tier-2 visa. This gave students only a small time frame to find a job while still in the UK. For example, students opting for higher education, such as a PG degree, had to wait for their thesis to be marked or a degree to be awarded after completing their course”.
Allowing international students to apply for a Tier-2 visa immediately after their course gives them more time to seek jobs and effectively convert from the student Tier-4 visa to a work one.
The mayor of London mayor Sadiq Khan, one of the drivers of this change has advocated a new category of post-study work visas. In his blueprint paper—’Immigration, a future approach’, Khan had pointed to dwindling international student numbers. His suggestion was that a post-study work visa should be distinct from the Tier-2 route and should enable students to work in the UK for 12-24 months after graduation.
This is fantastic news to start the New Year. Stay tuned for more information!
Information culled from Economic Times.