UK home secretary Sajid Javid has called for post-study work restrictions on international students to be lifted, arguing that the six-month limit undermines Britain’s universities and harms the country’s search for global talent.
A new report has revealed that the UK's limitations on post-study work cost the treasury £150 million each year in foregone receipts, amounting to just over £1 billion since the restrictions were introduced in 2012.
The UK government has published its long-awaited immigration White Paper, which proposes changes to student visa rules that would extend the length of time international student have to find work in the country after graduating.
The long-awaited Migration Advisory Committee report on international students in the UK, has concluded that the UK's post-study work regime should be relaxed, but ruled out the suggestion that students should be removed from immigration statistics.
Gyimah said he "welcomes UUK post-study work visa proposal", and that the forthcoming MAC report "offers us an opportunity to ensure our policy on student migration recognises the contribution that overseas students make".
The Taiwanese government is looking to lower restrictions for international students to remain after graduation and access work rights, in a move to bolster the country’s professional workforce, fill skills shortages, and combat population decline.
The New Zealand government has unveiled new post-study work rights with an emphasis on reducing exploitation in the workplace, with the immigration minister saying the changes will boost the local economy.