Home secretary mulls cut to post-study student visa stay in UK, says report

London: British Home Secretary Suella Braverman is believed to be in conflict with the UK education department over plans to cut the length of stay allowed for foreign students under the post-study visa route, media reported on Wednesday. Private.
The Graduate Visa pathway, which gives foreign graduates – including Indians – the opportunity to continue looking for work and gain work experience for up to two years without requiring a job offer specifically, is expected to be cut as proposed by Braverman.
According to The Times, the Indian-born Home Secretary has outlined a plan to “reform” the Graduate Visa route that requires students to apply for a work visa by getting a skilled job or leaving the Kingdom. He after six months. The article refers to a leaked advice stating that the UK Department for Education (DfE) is trying to block the changes as they fear it will damage the UK’s attractiveness to students. foreign.
A government source backing Braverman’s plan said the Graduate Visa is increasingly being used by students on short courses at “less prestigious universities”. “It is being used as a back door immigration route,” the newspaper quoted the source as saying. According to government data, Indians overtook the Chinese to become the largest group of foreign students last year, and the Graduate Visa route is dominated by Indians – accounting for 41 percent of visas granted. grant.
Braverman’s plan is among many outlined after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak asked the home office and the DfE to submit proposals to reduce the number of foreign students coming to the UK. Figures released last week showed there are 680,000 foreign students in the UK. pti


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