UK to let foreign students stay two years after graduation post-Brexit – Reach – Latest News and Updates


Britain’s government on Wednesday announced new the post-Brexit immigration plans that will allow international students to work in the country for two years after graduating.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said the change was aimed at attracting the “brightest and the best from around the world” and a sign of “the UK’s ambition once we have left the European Union”.

“Instead of being open to free movement from just the (EU), the United Kingdom will be able to take advantage of a global talent pool… and that’s something that’s a great advantage for us,” she said

Leadsom said the government wanted to increase the number of international students in Britain 30 percent to 600,000 by 2030, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and maths, collectively known as STEM subjects.

International students currently make up half of all full-time post-graduate STEM students in the country.

They can currently remain in Britain for up to four months after completing their studies, with the new rules now set to come into effect for those starting courses next year.

“Giving them that two-year period will enable them to find a job that befits their degree,” Leadsom added.

“There are so many new skills and new industries that are just now emerging, and we do want to be able to attract a global talent pool of people.”

Students will need to have successfully completed a degree from a “trusted” British university or higher education provider which “has a proven track record in upholding immigration checks and other rules,” according to the government.

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