Bangladeshi students to benefit from UK post-study work visa

Aditi Khanna, London
Published : 20:03, Mar 16, 2019 | Updated : 08:03, Mar 17, 2019

Graduates leave the Sheldonian Theatre after a graduation ceremony at Oxford University, Britain July 15, 2017. REUTERS/file photoStudents from Bangladesh are among those set to benefit from an improved post-study visa regime as part of a new ‘International Education Strategy’ launched by the UK government on Saturday in preparation for its post-Brexit policies.
The strategy is aimed at increasing the total number of international students from around the world choosing to study in the UK higher education system from the current level of 460,000 to 600,000 each year by 2030.
The new strategy, to be rolled out in the coming years, will offer undergraduate and Masters’ students the chance to stay in the UK to look for work for six months after graduating.
“The target to grow the number of international students in the UK to 600,000 should send a clear message to students around the world: ‘We want you here’,” said Vivienne Stern, Director of the Universities UK International (UUK), the higher education representative body which worked with the government on the new strategy.
Under the plans being formalised, undergraduate and Masters’ students will also have three months before graduating during which they can find work and change from a study visa to a work visa.
At present, the process to switch from a student to work visa while in the UK is extremely complex. Besides, PhD students will be able to stay in the UK for up to a year to find work after graduating and will also have three months before graduating during which they can find work and change from a study visa to a work visa.
“During the post-study leave period, students will have unrestricted access to work,” the strategy paper notes.
Additionally, international graduates will be given two years after graduating during which they can apply to switch their UK study visa to a UK work visa from outside the UK.
“As we prepare to leave the EU it is more important than ever to reach out to our global partners and maximise the potential of our best assets – that includes our education offer and the international students this attracts,” said UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds as he unveiled the new strategy, which is also aimed at streamlining the student application procedures for all international students.