Steve Double MP welcomes announcement of post-study visa for international students

The Government has announced that international students will be able to remain in the UK for up to two years after they graduate to seek opportunities to work and contribute to the UK economy.

In order to take advantage of this new scheme, international students will need to have successfully completed a degree from a trusted UK university or higher education provider which has a proven track record in upholding immigration checks and other rules on studying in the UK.

Welcoming the news, St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double said:

“I very much welcome today’s announcement of a new visa to allow international students to allow in the UK for two years after graduation to find work in the UK.”

“Shortly after the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on international students last year, I asked a parliamentary question to ministers at the Home Office about the report’s recommendations. I am pleased that ministers have now reviewed the MAC report and have come to the conclusion that we ought to do more to retain the best and the brightest talents from around the world to contribute to our economy.”

“Universities and colleges across Cornwall offer many world-class courses and degrees, which have proved to be increasingly popular with international students lately. Today announcement shows that this Government fully back our universities and other higher education providers to compete on the international level and succeed.”

“Brexit gives us the chance to look beyond the EU and attract talent from across the globe, while having greater control over our immigration policy. The new post-study visa will be a key part of our fairer and more effective immigration system after we leave the EU.”