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New UK visa option for graduates including Indians from top universities in the world


To attract the “brightest and the best” early in their careers, the UK will offer work visas to graduates of the world’s top universities, including India. This move would be the expansion of the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system. Under a new visa scheme, graduates of the world’s top 50 non-British universities can now come to work in the country via a new High Potential Individual (HPI) visa pathway, which launched in London on Monday May 30 . Notably, applicants must have obtained degrees no more than five years prior to the date of application. Rishi Sunak, who is the UK’s finance minister, mentioned that such policies would help the country develop as an international hub for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

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To be applicable for the same, a person must have obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the top 50 universities, which were in the top 50 of at least two of the following universities: Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings or Academic Ranking of World Universities. Appearance in the top 50 must be in the year they graduated.

Applicants can opt for a two-year work visa and those receiving a doctorate can apply for a three-year visa. It is mentioned that they will be allowed to bring family members with them. The government has said successful applicants will then be able to switch to longer-term work visas.

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Sunak said, “We want the businesses of tomorrow to be built here today – that’s why I’m calling on students to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to forge their careers here.”

“This new visa offer means the UK can continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. This route means the UK will become a leading international hub for innovation, creativity and innovation. entrepreneurship,” he added.

An advantage for Indian students?

Meanwhile, international students including Indians studying in the UK at any of the top universities are already eligible to stay for up to three years through the postgraduate visa “commonly known as post work visa. -studies” opened in July last year, Indian news agency PTI reported.

The Guardian cited a survey to report that international students would be more likely “to consider studying in the UK if they were allowed to stay and work for three years instead of two”.

The report adds that such an extension would be particularly attractive to Indian students. It was also noted that the number of Indian students choosing to study in the UK dropped dramatically after the abolition of the two-year post-study work visa in 2012. The numbers have quadrupled since its reinstatement, which is a huge difference.

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