The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration (APPG) has published its findings on UK post-study work opportunities for international students. The report examines the impact of the closure of the former Tier 1 Post-Study Work visa on universities, the economy and foreign students. In addition, it analyses the alternative routes introduced in 2012.
Both the Government’s closure of the Post-Study Work visa route and the alternative routes established in its place have come under criticism in the report.
The APPG recommends that a new route is introduced to allow foreign students to remain in the UK for at least 12 months following completion of graduate studies. It is also recommended that the Tier 2 (General) category be amended to provide greater flexibility in respect of minimum salary requirements. The report finishes by suggesting that the Government commissions an in-depth independent review of the impact of policy on this area.
To view the full report, please click here.
Penningtons Manches' immigration team works closely with the education sector and regularly provides training courses on the options available to international graduates. Additionally, the firm's corporate immigration specialists frequently advise on sponsor licence applications and provide employers with guidance on employing international graduates.