Home Secretary Sajid Javid has called for a lifting of post-study work restrictions for International students in the UK. It was announced on 7 June that he had accepted Jo Johnson’s (former University Minister) clause for students at recognised universities to have an automatic right to stay on to work for two years on their Tier 4 student visa.
The earlier Post Study Scheme was replaced with a 4 month stay in 2012 by then Home Secretary Theresa May in an attempt to lower net migration figures. However, recently the government acknowledged that this causes issues and announced it would raise this to 6 months. Mr. Javid wrote on Financial Times: “It makes no sense to send some of the brightest and most enterprising people in the world straight home after their time here.”
Sajid Javid is a contender for the Conservative party leadership and his announcement was welcomed by UK universities and student community. Sajid Javid has received a huge boost to his Conservative party leadership campaign after securing the support of Ruth Davidson in the battle for Downing Street. It is not yet clear when this will be implemented and we will update this article as and when more news on the topic arise.