The UK government announced its plans to offer extended post study work visas for international graduates for two years after graduating, compared with four months currently. The decision reverses one of the most contentious policies from Theresa May’s time being in charge of Immigration.
It is not entirely clear when the rules will be implemented, but the announcement appears to suggest that that new route will be opened to students from next academic year. There is no further information at present that suggests that the scheme will benefit current students already enrolled on courses in the UK.
There has been a push from the business and education sectors to relax the rules for international students for a long time. This was supported by several former and current cabinet members, including the former home secretary Sajid Javid.