The Home Office has announced that international students will be permitted to remain in the UK for two years after graduation to find a job.

The move goes against a decision made by the Home Secretary in 2012, Theresa May, when international students had to leave four months after finishing a degree.

The change will apply to international students in the UK – who start courses at undergraduate level or above – from 2020.

They have to be studying at an institution which conducts rigorous immigration checks.

Under the proposals, there is no limitation on the types of jobs students would have to pursue and no restriction on numbers.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“The new Graduate Route will mean talented international students, whether in science and maths or technology and engineering, can study in the UK and then gain valuable work experience as they go on to build successful careers.

“It demonstrates our global outlook and will ensure that we continue to attract the best and brightest”.

Chris Brazier, business immigration and employment partner, B P Collins says:

“It is logical to allow international students to stay in the UK following completion of their degree so that the UK can benefit from the newly acquired skills and expertise. This will be a welcome announcement for UK employers and a boost to the UK’s higher education establishments.”

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