While the UK sector has rejoiced at the UK's announcement to re-introduce PSW rights, some stakeholders have confirmed that they have been "inundated" by students wondering if they are eligible and some of those were considering moving their start date in order to benefit.
Global international educators have congratulated the UK sector for helping reintroduce post-study work rights, but note the UK is now on a level playing field in terms of PSW settings; successful job outcomes are the ultimate influencer.
The UK education sector is elated that post-study work rights are set to be offered to international students for two years post-graduation, with enrolments from the 2020/21 academic year set to benefit from this new immigration rule.
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.
The UK economy may have lost out on billions of pounds in export earnings from international students due to immigration rule changes made in 2012, according to research by UUK, which also recently called for a new student visa.
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".