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Tier 1 Post-Study Work route sees a small ‘u-turn’ by UK Governement
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Thursday 14th March, 2013 – UK immigration minister, Mark Harper announced proposed changes to the UK immigration rules which would come in to effect on 6th April 2013.
Amongst the changes, Mr. Harper announced to the House of Commons that Tier 4 students who completed PhD’s in the UK would be allowed to exted their stay in the UK for on year after succesful completion. This would allow them to work in a skilled occupation or set up a business in the UK under the UK entreprenuer visa route.
Mr Harper is a member of the UK’s Coalition government which has taken steps to reduce immigration into the UK though he was not immigration minister when the government closed the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa route in 2012. The Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa allowed all foreign graduates of UK universities to stay in the UK to work for two years after graduation. Whils this change only applies to PhD students, it will be seen as a partial U-turn by the government.
In November 2011 a speech by the mayor of London Boris Johnson criticised the UK government for the closure of the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa route in which he said the government had been ‘crazy’ and it sent out the wrong message to international students who would go and study elsewhere.