Foreign students demand longer visas

A study of 100,000 international students by analysts at QS Quacquarelli Symonds shows that a very large majority of them, exactly two-thirds, may consider studying in the UK if the post-work visa study period becomes longer , Report Guardian, That’s why vice presidents of British universities are asking the government to extend this by two to three years to expand their establishments to make their country more attractive, especially after the aftermath of Brexit and the Covid shocks.

In 2012 Theresa May’s government abolished the post-study work visa, which allowed international students to stay in the UK for two years after graduation. The goal then was to reduce immigration. absurd, according to GuardianBecause less than 20% of these students intended to stay in the country for a longer period.

A three-year visa already exists in Australia

This visa was therefore reinstated in 2019, due to pressure from universities themselves, which depend on high registration fees for international students. In addition, the latter will contribute 30 billion euros to the British economy every year. 2019 graduates could be forced to leave the country if the government refuses to extend their visas. sorry situation because, “Since this visa was reinstated in 2019, institutions say they have been able to meet their recruitment target of 600,000 international students a decade ago”,

According to the British daily, the extension of this visa period will allow the United Kingdom to compete with Australia, which allows foreigners to stay in the country for up to four years to graduate. In 2018, Australia ranked second in the UK as the most attractive country for international students. Indian students will be among the main beneficiaries of this measure.

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Quoted by an official of the Home Office, British Home Office Guardian Recall that holders of a doctorate already benefit from a three-year work visa after graduation.

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