International students in UK will now get a 2 years work visa after completing their graduation from a British University. Pakistani Students will also be able to benefit from the same policy. As a number of Students from around the world and Pakistan choose british universities for pursuing their higher education, and most of them aim at getting a job in UK. Now this policy will help them as well as UK to attract more international students to its universities.
Prior to this decision, graduates with bachelors or masters degrees were allowed to work in UK for only four month.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, believes that the new policy will enable students to find careers in the UK and ‘unlock their potential’. The current visa policy for international students was formulated by Theresa May who was the Home Minister back in 2012.
International students are a major source of income for British universities and UK Government is working on the plans to increase the enrollment of international students. The Government aims to increase the number of international students from 460,000 to 600,000 in the next 10 years in UK.
The same policy existed till 2012 when Theresa May said that two years work visa was too generous. But the move proved to be wrong as a major drop in the enrollment of International students was observed after the implementation of this policy.
Under the new policy, tow years work visas would have no restriction on number of visas or required or relevant degree for the specific jobs. Hence it will allow students to explore job market and get a job in UK for two years after their studies. This will also help them to get a permanent job in UK, as they will have two years relevant work experience of the local market.
Last year UK universities educated around 460,000 international students, not including those from within the EU. The government aims to grow the number to 600,000 over the next 10 years.