UK’s New Immigration Policy to Make it Easier for Students to Get Work Visas

The new policy change by the UK Border Agency will see students apply for work visa right after completing their degrees.

The policy to apply for skilled worker visa or Tier-2 visa will be effective from January 11, 2018. According to the previous policy students could only apply for work visas after getting degree/certificates from their respective institutions leaving only a few weeks until the visa’s expiry. The process of getting the work visa took a few months which forced students to come back to their home country.


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Reasons Behind the Policy Change

The main reason behind the policy change is the successful communication between UK government and universities. A report from EY-UK says that;

The new rule will enable them to apply for a Tier-2 visa a few months earlier than what would otherwise have been possible.

As a result students from foreign countries will be able to stay in UK for work.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor London, hinted at decreased number of foreigner students working in the United Kingdom (UK) after completing their education from the country. He further suggested in his “immigration, a future approach’ blueprint that work visa, after course completion, should be different from Tier-2.

Khan’s suggestion supported the concept of allowing students to stay in the UK for 12-24 months after completing their studies.


  • Ali

    Expense in UK are very higher than expectation and an ordinary student can not afford there to live and work. Thats the reason they leave. The only way they can live and work there is by working off the book and on the book. I propose to make it further more easier for students or give an extension in working hours so at least they can save some money.