LONDON: On Wednesday, Britain´s government announced new post-Brexit migration plans that will allow global students to work in the country for two years after graduating.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said the change was expected at inviting the “brightest and the best from around the world” and a sign of “the United Kingdom´s desire once we have left the European Union”.
“As an alternative of being open to free movement from just the (EU), UK will be able to take advantage of a global ability pool, and that´s something that´s a great benefit for us,” she told BBC radio.
Leadsom said the government wanted to raise the number of international students in Britain 30 percent to 600,000 by 2030, with importance on science, technology, engineering and math’s, together known as STEM subjects.
International students presently make up half of all full-time post-graduate STEM students in the country.
They can currently persist in Britain for up to four months after completing their studies, with the new rules now set to come into result for those starting courses next year.
“Giving them that two-year period will enable them to find a job that befits their degree,” Leadsom also added.
“There are so many new skills and new businesses that are just now developing, and we do want to be able to invite a worldwide talent pool of people.”
Students will need to have successfully completed a degree from a “trusted” British university or higher education provider which “has a proven track record in upholding migration checks and other rules,” according to the government.
Alp Mehmet, chairman of Migration Watch United Kingdom, which campaigns to decrease migration levels, said it was a “foolish” and “worsening” step which would “likely lead to foreign graduates staying on to heap shelves, as happened before”.
“Our universities are attracting a record number of overseas students so there is no need to devalue a study visa by turning it into a backdoor route for working here,” he added.