UK govt. reintroduces two-year post-study work visa for Indian students

New Delhi, September 11: The UK government has declared the reintroduction of the two-year post-study work visa for Indian students going to Britain for studying. This will result in the expansion of opportunities for talented international students for building successful careers in the country.

The new “Graduate” route will launch for the 2020/21 intake of students to university.

Post-study work visa scrapped in 2012

Then Home Secretary Theresa May had earlier scrapped the two-year post-study work visa in 2012. There is likely to be a significant increase in the number of students going to Britain due to the reintroduction of the programme.

The new ‘Graduate’ route will be open to all international students, including those from India, who:

  • Have a valid UK immigration status as a student
  • Have completed a course of study in any subject at the UG level or above at an approved UK higher education provider

For two years after completing their studies, the eligible students will be allowed by the visa to work or search for a job, in any career or position of their preference.

“The new Graduate Route will mean talented international students, whether in science and math or technology and engineering, can study in the UK and then gain valuable work experience as they go on to build successful careers,” Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

“This is fantastic news for Indian students, who will now be able to spend more time in the UK after completing their degree, allowing them to gain further skills and experience,” Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India, told the media.

In the year ending June 2019, Indian students coming to study in the UK reached nearly 22,000. This was almost 100 per cent higher than three years ago and a 42 per cent increase on the previous year.

New fast-track visa route for scientists

After this announcement, a new fast-track visa route for scientists was created and the limit on Ph.D. students moving into the skilled work visa route was removed. It targets to cement the UK as a science superpower and a world leader in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector.