Friday, 21 December 2018


UK relaxes student visa rules, but barriers to jobs market remain

Posted on Dec 19, 2018 by Kerrie Kennedy 
The UK government has published its long-awaited immigration White Paper, which outlines changes to student visa rules that would extend the length of time international bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD students have to stay and find work in the country after graduating.

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"We are encouraged to see that the government is willing to make change in this area"

The White Paper has also indicated – pending full review by spring – that the min. salary threshold to be able to access the jobs market could be £30,000, but importantly, graduate entry jobs would be subject to a lower (unspecified) salary threshold requirement and relaxed rules for employers keen to hire them.

Following the recent MAC report on students, the government outlined its “skills-based” immigration plans and announced it intends to improve the current offer to students.

All students who have completed a degree and wish to stay on in the UK to work can benefit from six months’ post-study leave – this is a step farther than the MAC recommendations to enable this at master’s level only; the government made this tweak at bachelor’s level too.

“We should make it easier for them to stay in the UK and to work, and in that case the salary threshold will be a lot lower”

Those who have completed a PhD will have 12 months.

The proposals will also ensure there is no limit on the number of “genuine international students” who can come to the UK to study.

“We will also allow for students studying at bachelor’s level or above to be able to apply to switch into the skilled workers route up to three months before the end of their course in the UK, and from outside of the UK for two years after their graduation,” the paper details.

“We should be more welcoming to students in this country,” UK home secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC earlier today.

“Not just to come and study in our great universities, but those that then graduate and get these great skills from fantastic universities, we should make it easier for them to stay in the UK and to work, and in that case the salary threshold will be a lot lower.”

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