Students may be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after completing their studies.
Foreign students who have come to the UK on a student visa are being given the facility to stay in the UK without a job for two years after completing their studies. However, according to British media reports, UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, along with the country’s Department of Education, is considering reducing the duration of this post-study accommodation facility.
Under the new graduate visa route, foreign graduates, including Indians, are currently allowed to stay without a job offer for two years to seek employment and gain experience. However, Braverman is considering reducing this period.
The Indian-origin home minister is mulling over revamping the graduate visa route. Under the new format, students will have to secure a skilled job and obtain a work visa or leave the UK within six months.
However, according to sources, Britain’s Department of Education is against this new proposal as it will reduce the attraction of foreign students to study in Britain.
According to government sources supporting Braverman’s proposal, students are using graduate visas to get admission in short-term courses in lesser-known universities.
Significantly, according to a report, there are currently 6,80,000 foreign students in Britain. Most of these are Indian students. Then there are the students from China.