- PM Boris Johnson of the UK has announced that international students will now be able to stay and work in the country for two years after graduation
- Johnson said the new immigration route for international students is aimed at making Britain “open to the brightest and best from across the globe”
- Those who get post-study visas will also be able to switch to a skilled worker visa if they find a job which meets the relevant criteria
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that international students will now be able to stay and work in the country for two years after graduation.
The development is a marked departure from government guidelines which had previously reduced the period to four months, inews.co.uk reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the move halts the controversial immigration policies of previous prime minister, Theresa May, which critics argued would deter international students from applying to British institutions.
Johnson said the new immigration route for international students is aimed at making Britain “open to the brightest and best from across the globe”.
Graduates will be able to stay and work for two years after graduating, under the new rule.
The new post-study work visa is open to graduates in any subject and for jobs in any sector, and will come into effect for students starting courses at undergraduate level or above in 2020.
Students with a track record of upholding immigration checks will be able to take advantage of the new rule, after successfully completing a degree from a trusted UK university or higher education provider.
Those who get post-study visas will also be able to switch to a skilled worker visa if they find a job which meets the relevant criteria. There are no caps to the number of those who can apply.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Home Secretary Priti Patel, in a joint statement, said the UK government intends to increase the number of international students coming to the country by 30 percent, by 2030.
They said: “International students are vital for our country and provide some of the most crucial skills we need across our workforce. They boost our economy and are a testament to our openness to talent.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Queen Elizabeth II approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request to suspend the UK parliament from early September to October 14 - just before the Brexit deadline.
The prime minister had asked the Queen to suspend parliament in a move suspected to be a calculated attempt to ensure a no-deal Brexit.
The move came days after members of the parliament returned to work in September, and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline.
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