Easier switch from student visas to work visas for international students in the UK
9 January 2018
“Times of India” has reported on 27 Dec’ 2017 that International students in the UK can expect a smoother transition from their Tier 4 student Visa to Tier 2 Work Visa as changes to immigration rules are set to be introduced from early January 2018.
The current Tier 2 system requires the students to wait for their thesis to be marked or their degree to be completed before starting their work visa application. The new rule will enable students to apply for a Tier 2 visa a few months earlier rather than waiting to complete their degree thus allowing them a longer job search period.
The current Tier 2 visas allow the students to stay for a few months in addition to the duration period of their course and after that they have to return back to their home country. This leaves graduates with little time to apply for job pertaining to the expiry of their visas. With a Tier 2 work visa international students with a skilled job offer by UK companies are allowed to work and stay in the UK for up to five years.
According to Times Higher Education, UK’s Home Office figures has just revealed this amazing fact that the number of student visas granted to Indian students have seen its first annual increase of 27% since 2010.
Brexit is going to be proved as a boon for Indian students under this belief that they are going to face little competition from EU workers post-Brexit and international students will have an edge in employment prospects.