Indian students are set to benefit from an improved post-study visa regime as part of a new “International Education Strategy” launched by the UK government in preparation for its post-Brexit policies.
Indian students, who account for a major proportion of applicants from outside the European Union (EU) after China, will get improved post-study work options of being able to gain work experience following their degree courses at UK universities.
- The new strategy is aimed at increasing the total number of international students from around the world choosing to study in the UK higher education system from the current level of 460,000 to 600,000 each year by 2030
- The current level Undergraduate and Masters’ students will get a chance to stay in UK to look for work for six months after graduating. They will also have three months before graduating during which they can find work and change from a study visa to a work visa.
- Besides, PhD students will be able to stay in the UK for up to a year to find work after graduating and will also have three months before graduating during which they can find work and change from a study visa to a work visa.
- Additionally, international graduates will be given two years after graduating during which they can apply to switch their UK study visa to a UK work visa from outside the UK.
“We know that Indian students are ambitious and passionate about their chosen career paths, and we welcome the focus on employability in the international education strategy,” said Vivienne Stern, Director of the Universities UK International (UUK) – the higher education representative body which worked with the government on the new strategy.
She further asserts “The target to grow the number of international students in the UK to 600,000 should send a clear message to students around the world: we want you here,”.
The year 2018 witnessed a hike in the number of student visas granted to Indians last year, up 35 per cent to hit 19,505, which clearly shows that it’s a great time for Indian Students to apply & get UK study visa!
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