UK re-introduces two-year post-study work visa 

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This article about the UK’s reintroduction of the post-study work visa was published by the Great British Mag content team on 13 September, 2019 

After nearly a decade, the UK government has formally announced that it will be re-introducing its post-study work visa. This visa will be available to international students after they graduate from a UK university. It is a two-year work visa that will allow international graduates to remain in the UK and look for permanent employment. 

The post-study work visa will be available to students graduating in 2021 and every year after that.

The post-study work visa is not a new piece of legislation. It was available to international students until 2012, when the then-Home Secretary Theresa May scrapped it as part of her push for more restrictive immigration policies. 

Currently, international students on a Tier 4 visa with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a UK university are allowed to remain in the UK for four months to find a job. If they cannot find a job within these four months, the must return to their home countries.  

By re-introducing the post-study work visa, the UK government hopes “to attract the best talent from around the world to global Britain,” commented education secretary Gavin Williamson.

The details of the visa are still being worked out by the UK government. The current proposal does not restrict international students from any jobs and does not place a cap on how many people can apply for it. This may change as the legislation is refined and finalised. 

If you are applying for a student visa then check out our article on how to obtain a Tier 4 visa