The visa will offer opportunities to students to work or search for work in the UK, after graduating
In a major boost for Indian students, the UK government had announced a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for international students to build careers in the UK.
The new ‘Graduate’ route will be open to all international students – including Indian students who have a valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed a course of study in any subject at undergraduate level or above at an approved UK Higher Education Provider. The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.
This builds on UK government action to help recruit and retain the best and brightest global talent, as well as opening up opportunities for future breakthroughs in science, technology and research and other world-leading work that international talent brings to the UK.
Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India, said, “The UK is home to some of the best higher education institutions in the world and continues to welcome international students. I’m delighted that the number of Indian students coming to study in the UK is constantly increasing, having doubled over the last three years. Last year alone, we saw a massive 42% increase.”
Indian student numbers have significantly increased over the last three years, reaching almost 22,000 in the year, ending June 2019.
This announcement follows the creation of a new fast-track visa route for scientists and the removal of the limit on PHD students moving into the skilled work visa route, which collectively aim to cement the UK as a science superpower and a world-leader in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector. Almost half of all Indian students (almost 130,000 since 2008/9) heading to UK in the last ten years chose a STEM subject.