"Fantastic news" on post-study work

11 September 2019

In response to the Government’s announcement of a new two year post-study work visa for international students, Stephanie Smith, Head of Policy (Research and International) at the Russell Group said:

“The announcement of a new two year post-study work visa for international students studying the in the UK is fantastic news. Giving international graduates the opportunity to stay and work after their studies sends an important signal about the UK’s openness to global talent, and will support crucial research collaboration like the £200 million whole genome sequencing project launched today.

“We are pleased that the Government has listened to the voice of the sector to ensure this route is open to graduates studying all courses at degree level or above, without restrictions on the type of employment or salary, or the requirement for universities to act as sponsors. This is an encouraging example of Number 10, the Home Office and the Business and Education Departments working together to protect the UK’s global outlook.

“As well as helping our world leading universities attract the best international students, the introduction of an internationally competitive post-study work route will enable more companies across the UK to benefit from skilled graduates and support the growth of entrepreneurial talent, while boosting the UK’s soft power and international reach.”

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