UK to reintroduce two-year post-study work visas

Times Higher Education is reporting that Boris Johnson’s new government has announced the return of post-study work visas in the UK, seven years after they were abolished by Theresa May as home secretary.

The new “graduate route” will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, at any skill level, for a period of two years after completing their courses. There will be no cap on the number of students who can apply for the new route.

Reintroducing post-study work visas had been the personal project of Jo Johnson, who last week resigned from his brother’s government over its Brexit stance.

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, said: “It is a testament to our world-leading universities that so many students from abroad want to study here. The important contribution international students make to our country and universities is both cultural and economic. Their presence benefits Britain, which is why we’ve increased the period of time these students can remain in the UK after their studies.”

Read more UK to reintroduce two-year post-study work visas 

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