UK government to allow international students to stay for two years after graduation to find job

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YPC – Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) students at a convocation ceremony recently.

LONDON: International students will be able to stay in the UK for two years to find work after graduating, the UK government announced yesterday (on Wednesday).

The prime minister, Boris Johnson said the changes, due to come into effect for those starting courses next year, would help those studying in Britain to begin their careers in the UK.

“Britain has a proud history of putting itself at the heart of international collaboration and discovery. Over 60 years ago, we saw the discovery of DNA in Cambridge by a team of international researchers and today we are going even further. Now we are bringing together experts from around the globe to work in the UK on the world’s largest genetics research project, set to help us better treat life-threatening illnesses and ultimately save lives.

“Breakthroughs of this kind wouldn’t be possible without being open to the brightest and the best from across the globe to study and work in the UK. That’s why we’re unveiling a new route for international students to unlock their potential and start their careers in the UK,” Mr Johnson said.

Under current rules, introduced by former prime minister Theresa May when she was interior minister, students are only allowed to stay for four months after they finish their degree, according to Reuters reports.

“The important contribution international students make to our country and universities is both cultural and economic. Their presence benefits Britain, ” Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said in a statement.

“Our universities thrive on being open global institutions. Introducing the graduate route ensures our prestigious higher education sector will continue to attract the best talent from around the world to global Britain.”

The government said this new law would enable students to find a job and work at any skill level. They can change their status from student visa to a skilled work visa if they found a job.

Currently they are about 450,000 international students a year studying in Britain, according to media reports.

“ Britain should always be open to the best talent from across the world, ” finance minister Sajid Javid said on Twitter. – The Independent, Reuters

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