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The UK’s new post-study visa rules allows students to stay and work up to three years

Coming July, the United Kingdom will open a new post-study work visa for international students, including Nepali, enabling them to stay for upto three years after completion of their university education.

With a plan to retain the brightest students, who could contribute in the post-COVID-19 recovery, the UK government on Thursday (March 4) announced an application for the Graduate route starting July 1, 2021. The Graduate route, according to the British government, will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and have student visa at the time of application.

The new visa policy will be applicable from the 2020/21 academic cohort of international students. The UK government will make the selections based on the applications and the successful applicants on this route at bachelor’s or master’s level will be able to stay and work for two years while the doctoral students will be eligible to say for three years.

Getting selected for the post-study visa under the new immigration rules laid in the parliament on March 4 means the international students will be able to make a good earning while also getting exposure for the work. Making the announcement of the Graduate route, the UK’s Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said, “As we rebuild from the global pandemic, we want the world’s brightest talent, who aspire to a career at the highest levels of business, science, the arts and technology to see our United Kingdom as the natural place to fulfil their aspirations.” He further said that the new rules ensure that the students who have a gold standard qualification from one of the UK's leading education institutions can easily secure the status they need to continue living, working and fulfilling their dreams in the country.

As per the new announcements, the applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK with permission as a student in order to be eligible to apply to the Graduate route. Students who began their studies in January or February 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021 to be eligible under the new rules.

The launch of the new rules, according to the UK government, demonstrates the government’s plan to increase education exports to £35 billion and the number of international higher education students in the UK to 600,000 by 2030.

Another positive part of the Graduate is that there is no need for a sponsor to be eligible to apply under it.

The Graduate route comes as the UK government also unveiled plans to launch another new immigration route that will help start-ups and fast-growing firms recruit the talent they need to innovate and grow, according to different international media.