University of Birmingham welcomes government announcement on post-study work visas for international students

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There is significant evidence that international students have a very positive impact on the UK.

The University of Birmingham has welcomed today’s (11 September) announcement about a new immigration route for international graduates that will enable them to stay in the UK for two years after their study to find work.

There is significant evidence that international students have a very positive impact on the UK, not only in terms of their economic contribution, which is in the region of £26billion nationally, but their social contribution and the important role they play in enhancing the reputation of the UK in their home countries.

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham said: “This is an enormously welcome change which is good for our universities and good for the  economy. It will enhance further the attractiveness of the UK as a destination for international students, enable us to attract and retain the talent our country needs, and underpin one of the country’s most important export industries’.

The new two-year post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of  compliance with immigration policy.

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For more information please contact Dominic Benson, Deputy Director of Communications, University of Birmingham, on +44 0121 414 5134. Alternatively, contact the Press Office out of hours on +44 (0)7789 921165.

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 About the University of Birmingham

  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, and its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 6,500 international students from nearly 150 countries.