There is good news for anyone planning to study in the UK and work as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced that international students can stay and work in the UK after graduation.
From 2020, all international graduates would be eligible to work in the UK for a period of two years, thereby increasing their chances of finding long-term employment after their studies.
According to the Prime Minister, the new route of immigration for international students is part of Britain’s opening to the smartest and best in the world.
This is a welcome policy, as international students have not been allowed to stay more than four months after graduation. Those who wish to stay longer must apply for a different visa. The above decision was made in 2012 under the administration of former Prime Minister David Cameron and announced by the then Minister of the Interior, Theresa May.
Eligible applicants: This policy change applies to international students in the UK starting courses at the baccalaureate level or above starting next year. Students must also study at an institution that has proven itself in maintaining immigration controls. There are no restrictions on the type of jobs students should look for as they can choose from any sector of the country.
Critics of this policy have in the past argued that it could have a negative impact on the British economy. One of their arguments was that it could discourage international students from enrolling in British institutions, which would ultimately result in the loss of smart students who could contribute to the UK after their studies and also a loss of income for these institutions.