New UK Visa Rules For International Students (2021 Edition)
International students graduating from the world’s best universities will be allowed to move to the UK without a job offer under a new scheme unveiled by the government.
The “High Potential Individual” route will give top graduates from overseas the opportunity to move to the UK without a formal offer of employment.
There will also be an option to extend the visa to allow those people who are eligible to settle in the UK.
The plans have been put in place to help boost the UK’s competitiveness following Brexit. As well as developing home-grown talent, the government also wants to attract the world’s best innovators and entrepreneurs.
For international students studying in the UK, there is also a new graduate visa which opened for applications in July.
It will allow graduates to stay and work, or look for work, for a maximum period of two years after completing their degree. Meanwhile, doctoral students will have the option to stay for up to three years.
It’s evident from these two announcements that the UK is working hard to attract the best talent and to make it as easy as possible for high-potential students to live and work in the UK.
For international students graduating here in the UK or from universities abroad, it means they now have greater flexibility when it comes to making the transition from education to full-time employment.
As a company that supports aspiring, career-driven individuals to realise their potential, we welcome the decision to encourage people excelling in higher education to come and live and work in the UK.
If you’re interested in applying for the graduate visa and would like more information you can find it here on the government website.
The government has yet to set out the finer details of the “high potential individual” visa route but you can keep up-to-date on any new announcements by visiting www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas.