Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, has announced the return of the two-year post-study work visa for international students.
The new immigration route announced on Wednesday will mean graduates in any subject will once again be able to stay in the UK for two years to find work after they graduate.
Currently, most international students reading bachelor’s and master’s degrees can stay and work for only four months.
The new immigration route will be available to international students who have successfully completed a course in any subject at undergraduate level or higher level at a Higher Education Provider which has a proven track record in upholding immigration checks and other rules on studying in the UK.
According to the government, this is aimed at recruiting talented graduates in maths, engineering, technology and other disciplines.
Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, said the new policy will enable students to “unlock their potential” and begin careers in the country.
Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, said the move will also contribute to the cultural development of the UK.
“The important contribution international students make to our country and universities is both cultural and economic,” he said.
“Their presence benefits Britain, which is why we’ve increased the period of time these students can remain in the UK after their studies.
“Our universities thrive on being open global institutions. Introducing the graduate route ensures our prestigious higher education sector will continue to attract the best talent from around the world to global Britain.”