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UK Wants To Reduce Post-Study Visa Period From 2yrs To 6 Months



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UK is considering reviewing its post-study visa policy from  two years to just six months.

This means that international students will no longer be able to stay for two years in the UK on post-study visa if they don’t have a sponsored job.

They must have a sponsored job within six months of graduation.

Foreign students, including Nigerians, studying in the United Kingdom, must leave the UK  just after six months of their graduation if this policy starts.

What the UK Government is saying:

United Kingdom Secretary of State for the Home Department, Suella Braverman, proposed the plan to “reform” the Graduate Visa route.

The review seeks to cut the period of stay allowed for international students under the aforementioned visa route.

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However, the Department for Education (DfE) strongly opposed the proposition.

UK’s education department sources said they are attempting to block the changes, noting that such a review will make the UK less attractive to international students.

Implication of the policy:

The current Graduate Visa route requires students get a skilled job within six months after graduation or leave the country.

Foreign students studying in the UK usually secures job that qualifies them to stay back in the Great Britain via the post-study visa.

The UK government wants to reduce the number of international students coming into the country and so, is looking at several ways to achieve this.

The proposition to reduce the UK post-study visa from two years to six months is one of the many ways it plans to achieve this.

Another of such regulation is on eligibility of students to bring their dependents to the UK.

The proposal only allows foreign students who have opted for postgraduate research-based courses like a PhD or postgraduate courses that are at least two years long to bring dependent family members to the UK.

According to Office for National Statistics (ONS), international students who got post-study visa in the UK in 2021 alone was 486,000.

The Times’ reports that Indians have outnumbered the Chinese as the largest cohort of foreign students last year.

“This uptick has been attributed to the aforementioned visa route, introduced two years ago which Indian students dominated with 41 per cent of the visas granted.

“The statistics published last week also showed that there are 680,000 foreign students in the UK while the government’s 2019 Higher Education Strategy had targeted to reduce the number of overseas students to 600,000 by 2030. Notably, they achieved this target last year.”

Currently, the UK has about Figures 680,000 foreign students in the country, according to the news agency PTI.

Nigerians Fear:

Nigerian students studying in the UK are currently most disturbed about this development and the reason is not far-fetched.

In 2022, the number of Nigerian students in the UK with dependents, surpassed those from other countries.

Equally, Nigeria became the third largest country with sponsored study grant in 2022, increasing from 57, 545 to 65, 929.

Meanwhile, Nigerians, have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns about the proposed post-study visa.

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)