UK government eases student visa rules for international graduates

20 December 2018

New plans formalised by the UK government have revealed that international students who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD in the UK will be allowed to stay in the country longer after completion of their programme.

Students who have finished an undergraduate or postgraduate degree and wish to stay on in the UK to work now have six months post-study leave, while PhD leavers will have 12 months.

Vivienne Stern, director of Universities UK International, said: “UK universities would be pleased to see the announcement clearly recognises the important contributions that international students make to the country. Allowing graduates to stay on for longer to find work in the UK sends the message that international students are welcome here, and we value the skills they bring.”

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