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Profiles - September 11, 2019

Foreign Students in UK to Work for 2 Years After Graduation

A new visa regime which will allow foreign students in the United Kingdom to stay and work for two years after graduation has been announced.

Starting from the year 2020, the plan will overturn Theresa May’s 2012 immigration policy which mandated foreign students to leave four months after finishing a degree in the UK.

Graduates can now apply for jobs regardless of their skills or courses they studied according to the new policy.

The government of the UK explained that it hopes to recruit talented graduates in maths, engineering, technology and other disciplines.

UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson noted that the new policy will enable students to “unlock their potential” and begin careers in the country.

The Country’s Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the move will also contribute to the cultural development of the UK.

“The important contribution international students make to our country and universities is both cultural and economic,” he said.

“Their presence benefits Britain, which is why we’ve increased the period of time these students can remain in the UK after their studies.

“Our universities thrive on being open global institutions. Introducing the graduate route ensures our prestigious higher education sector will continue to attract the best talent from around the world to global Britain.”

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