Big News for Internationals! New Post-Study Visa Programme Expanded

The UK’s Immigration Ministry and Home Office shocked internationals with a new announcement regarding more Visa options!

Following Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, and Bath, 23 additional universities have joined the graduate student pilot program including excellent Russell Group institutions.

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What is the Study Visa Pilot?

The Study Visa Pilot is a programme launched last year by the UK government. It was designed to provide graduate students with an additional six-month visa upon successfully completing their degrees in order to find employment in the UK.

The first pilot last year was tested at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, and Bath. After the trial year, the pilot project has been deemed a great success, and is now officially being launched into the second batch of pilot schools.

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Who are the second set of pilot institutions?

The 23 universities to be added to the pilot are:

  • Cardiff University
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Harper Adams University
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburg
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glascow
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Wales Trinity St. David (Swansea Campus)
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

Why these 23 schools? The Ministry of Home Affairs mentioned that this is because the student visa refusal rate from these 23 schools is very low year-round, and the quality of student applications is generally high.

The 23 universities to be added to the pilot are:

  • Cardiff University
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Harper Adams University
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburg
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glascow
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Wales Trinity St. David (Swansea Campus)
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

Why these 23 schools? The Ministry of Home Affairs mentioned that this is because the student visa refusal rate from these 23 schools is very low year-round, and the quality of student applications is generally high.

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When will this programme go live?

This new policy will be take effect immediately. Qualified schools can provide these services for students enrolled in 2018.

4

Is anything else included in this new programme?

In addition to the many visa extensions, the ministry plans to simplify visa procedures for international students and help students better convert their student visas to other visa forms.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis also mentioned in the press release, “This is a clear indication that genuine students are welcome and there is no limit on the number who can come to study in the UK.”

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Why is this significant to international students?

This new policy means, most obviously, that foreign students can stay in the UK for a longer period of time, and that is an important opportunity for many. Graduates in the UK generally need 3 to 9 months to find their first job. Many international students must return to their home countries soon after completing their study programmes, resulting in less than 2% who can work in the UK.

Additionally, for those students who are only seeking British internship experience, an extended six-month visa can also significantly increase the chances of obtaining an internship in the UK. Gaining internship experience in the UK can greatly enrich a CV and make you stand out from the many other job-seekers in the the global job market.

The new policy further exemplifies the importance that British educational institutions associated with the Chinese market under “Brexit” policy. The economic and political changes have stimulated demand on the part of schools and businesses for internationalized Chinese talent, and it is a worthwhile endeavor for newly graduated students to hunt for these jobs.

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