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2-year post-study work visa for international students ..

The UK government has announced the return of the two-year post-study work visa for international students in a move that will impact thousands of Indian students.

In a major boost for Indian students, the new immigration route will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their study.

Increasing chances for talented international students to build successful careers in the UK, the visas would have no cap on numbers.

The new ‘Graduate’ route, would allow graduates to apply for jobs regardless of their skills or the subject they studied.

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At present, the majority of overseas students reading bachelor’s and master’s degrees can stay and work for only four months and those at 27 universities on a pilot scheme get six months.

Team of students looking at their university in graduation gown.

However, the proposals, announced by the PM, cover international students who start courses in 2020/21 at the undergraduate level or above.

Gavin Alexander Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, said: “The important contribution international students make to our country and a university is both cultural and economic.”

Around nine years ago, Theresa May abolished the two-year post-study work visa that had made Britain an attractive place for Indian students.

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