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Employers too upbeat about UK’s post study work visa

The new graduate route will allow international students in UK to work in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 16, 2019, 04.56 PM IST
Historically the UK has been among the top two destinations for Indian students.
It’s not just international students, including those from India, who are likely to benefit from the UK government’s move to reintroduce the post study work visa as an immigration pathway; employers in the UK too are upbeat.

“Without the 2-year post study work visa, employers were wary of hiring international students because of the high salary threshold requirement. But now international students can be hired without any difficulty and they will also gain valuable work experience even as they contribute towards the UK economy which is very strong at present,” member of UK parliament and founding chairman of the UK Council for International Students, Karan Bilimoria, who has championed the cause of the PSW visa ever since it was withdrawn, told ET Magazine from London.

The new graduate route will allow eligible international students in UK to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies. Students who will enrol in courses in the 2020-21 academic year are set to benefit from the new immigration route.

Historically the UK has been among the top two destinations for Indian students. But the non-availability of the PSW route had badly hit its attraction. “But now again, with the reintroduction of this immigration route we think more Indian students will choose the UK. And with the anti-immigration rhetoric in the US we expect that the UK will soon gain the top spot in terms of attractiveness to Indian students,” says Sanam Arora, chairperson of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union in the UK.

With many of the favoured international education destinations offering Indian students the route to stay and work after finishing their courses – the optional practical training in the US up to 36 months; the 485 skilled graduate temporary visa of Australia up to four years and Canada’s post-graduation work permit program up to three years – the UK, too, will now gain the much needed competitive advantage.

“We are hopeful that the new graduate immigration route makes education in the UK, an even more attractive proposition for Indian students. We know that employability prospects are an important factor for Indian students when they consider investing in studying abroad. So having two years after their course to earn and begin an international career will be an added benefit to an already compelling offer of world class teaching, facilities and research,” said Tom Birtwistle, director north India, British Council.
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