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Three-year PSW(Post Study Work) for PhD graduates at UK

New Downing Street unit for attracting global talent and review of immigration rules among measures to support research.

The government will also create an Office for Talent to make it easier for top global science, research and innovation talent to come to the UK.

£300 million will be brought forward to upgrade scientific infrastructure in research institutes and universities as part of a World Class Labs funding scheme. That is on top of the extra £280 million, announced over the weekend, that will be provided to universities to allow them to continue research during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a loan scheme to cover 80 percent of losses from a decline in international student fee income.

The global talent scheme that will fast-track visa applications from foreign researchers, announced in February, will also be opened up to EU citizens. This programme will allow highly skilled scientists and researchers to come to the UK without needing a job offer, the government added.

In addition, the government announced that it will create a new graduate talent route, in which international students who complete a PhD from summer 2021 can stay in the UK for three years after study to live and work. At present, doctoral graduates may extend their Tier 4 visa for only 12 months.