British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Wednesday announced the return of the two-year post study work visa for international students studying in universities.
The two-year post-study work visa for international students reintroduced by Boris Johnson was part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit, British media reports.
Recall that the scheme was scrapped in 2012 by former British Prime Minister, Theresa May.
“There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and master’s students, and a year for doctoral students,” the Department for Education announced.
It was also stated that the government would also consider “how the visa process could be improved for applicants and supporting student employment.”
According to the Prime Minister, the changes, due to come into effect for those starting courses next year, would help those studying in Britain to begin their careers in the UK, meaning they will apply to students who start courses in 2020/21 at undergraduate level or above.
“Britain has a proud history of putting itself at the heart of international collaboration and discovery.
“Over sixty years ago, we saw the discovery of DNA in Cambridge by a team of international researchers and today we are going even further.
“Now we are bringing together experts from around the globe to work in the UK on the world’s largest genetics research project, set to help us better treat life-threatening illnesses and ultimately save lives.
“Breakthroughs of this kind would not be possible without being open to the brightest and the best from across the globe to study and work in the UK.
“That is why we are unveiling a new route for international students to unlock their potential and start their careers in the UK,” he added to the new move which coincided with the launch of the world’s largest genetics project.
The £200 million whole genome sequencing project in the n the UK Biobank, aim to transform genetic research and fight deadly diseases.