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It is expected that students entering the UK in the 2020-21 academic year intake will be eligible for this route. (iStock)
It is expected that students entering the UK in the 2020-21 academic year intake will be eligible for this route. (iStock)

How UK's new work visa offer will benefit Indian students looking for jobs after graduation. 5 points

  • UK's new post-study work visa route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement
  • The visa will be two years long and will be a separate visa

NEW DELHI : To attract more international students, the UK government has announced a new two-year post-study work visa route from next year. Under the new graduate visa route, students from anywhere including India would be able to work or even look for work at any skill level. After the two years, they will be able to switch onto the skilled work visa if they find a job which meets the skill requirement of the route.

The UK had the post-study work visa scheme till 2012 when the then home secretary Theresa May scrapped it.

5 things to know about UK's post-study work visa rules:

1) The new post-study work visa route announced by the Boris Johnson government will allow Indian students to stay back in the United Kingdom for two years to find work after graduation. Currently, most international students pursuing bachelor's and master's degrees can stay and work for only four months and those at 27 universities on a pilot scheme get six months.

2) "It is expected that students entering the UK in the 2020-21 academic year intake will be eligible for this route. It has been announced now so that universities, stakeholders and customers preparing for the next academic year are aware of this change and could feature this as part of the plans," British Deputy High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson said. At present, there are about 4.5 lakh international students a year studying in Britain which the government wants to take it to 6 lakh.

3) British Council India's director (North) Tom Birtwistle said the new graduate immigration route supports the ambitions of Indian students, who consider post-study work option as an important factor when making their choice of studying abroad.

4) The visa will be two years long and will be a separate visa, requiring a new application, including payment of a visa fee and immigration health surcharge, according to the new norms. The route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement. However, graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to switch into skilled work, which is a route to settlement.

5) Those who graduate and whose leave expires before the route is introduced will not be eligible for it, however, most of these students will have had no expectation of benefiting from such a route when they applied to study in the UK, according to the norms.

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