Five years after it was abandoned, the 2 year post study visa for international students is returning.
Boris Johnson’s government announced it will be bringing back the visa in a strategic plan to boost the fight against life-threatening illnesses and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
While students of STEM may be highly favoured, the scheme will be opened to all international students in any subject as long as they have successfully completed a degree from a trusted UK university or higher education provider and have a proven track record in upholding immigration checks and other rules on studying in the UK.
When and the exact details of students of all other criteria is yet to be made clear which will likely be revealed at time of launch.
The visa scheme was previously in place until the then Home Secretary, Theresa May dropped it in 2012, giving students just four months to look for work or go home.
It resulted in drops in number International students applying to study in the UK, and complaints from Businesses and educational board, who have since welcomed this fantastic development.