International UK University Graduates Receive Extension on Work Visas
Foreign university graduates are now being offered the opportunity to receive a two-year work visa under the proposals put forward by the Home Office.
In 2012, Theresa May, the Home Secretary at the time, had decreed that foreign students would return to their home countries within four months of finishing their degree.
This ruling placed great strain on international students to find work quickly and as a result, the UK lost a huge amount of talent that had been cultivated on its own turf.
In the following year, foreign students can apply to extend their visa, enabling them to not only increase their chances of finding long-term employment, but also the opportunity to explore their career options instead of being pigeon-holed into the first job they can find before their time in the UK expires.
Last year, British universities educated 460,000 international students and aim to increase this to 600,000 in the next 10 years.
The benefits that international students bring to the UK are far-reaching and they contribute vastly to the economic and cultural fabric of UK higher education.
Throughout the entire duration of their studies, international students contribute £22.6bn to the economy through their increased tuition fees and spending in British markets.
In a recent report published by The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways (Kaplan), it shows that just one cohort of international students who stay in the UK to work will pay £3.2 billion in tax. Evidently, international students provide a considerable financial upside to remaining and working in the UK.
Aside from the fiscal benefits, international students are largely responsible for Britain’s thriving cultural scene. The fusion of international and national values is what has allowed Britain to become a booming hub of inclusivity which is recognised worldwide.
Universities invest a lot of time, money and effort into harnessing brilliant global talent, who likewise have chosen the UK as their preferred choice of high-quality study.
However, due to the immigration bill that capped foreign students’ stay in the UK to four months, much of this talent that UK institutions had invested so much into cannot be utilised in British sectors.
Previously, Theresa May had claimed the two-year allowance was “too generous” and tightened the rules amid a push to meet the government’s target of reducing net migration. However, Boris Johnson reversed this policy when he became prime minister.
Supporters of May’s bill argued that it was a necessary step to control immigration and to provide better opportunities for British-born students to secure work after graduation amongst concerns that domestic graduates were being displaced by international graduates.
However, the analysis published by HEPI and Kaplan shows that international graduates who find employment in the UK typically do so in sectors that suffer from acute skills shortages.
The extension on work visas for international UK graduates has been celebrated by a great number of people in businesses and higher education industries.
Universities UK tweeted: “Hugely positive news from @10DowningStreet tonight as a change in immigration policy is announced. Universities UK has long campaigned for the introduction of a two-year post-study work visa for international students and we strongly welcome this policy change 👍👏”
In a survey conducted by YouGov, they asked: Currently international students are able to stay and look for work in Britain for four months after they graduate. It has been proposed that this period should be increased to two years. Do you support or oppose this change?
46% to 26% of Brits supported the increase in the amount of time that international students can remain in the UK to find work after graduation.
The chief executive of London First, Jasmine Whitbread, a pro-business campaign group, said: “Universities and businesses alike will welcome this commonsense move, which will ensure that we retain global brainpower.”
When universities have taken great steps to become internationally inclusive institutions, it only makes sense for the UK to harness the talent that they have themselves cultivated and provide international graduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills in the workplace.
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