New student rules to attract the brightest and the best

New immigration rules for foreign students are to come into force within weeks to ensure that only the brightest and best students are attracted to the UK.

Currently, students can work in the UK for 2 years after their studies have been completed under the Post Study Work (PSW) scheme. From 6th April 2012 a more selective system will come into effect so only the most talented international graduates can apply to stay in the UK for work purposes.

Only those who graduate from recognised university and have an offer of a skilled job from a UK Border Agency accredited/licensed employer at a salary of at least £20,000, will be able to live and work in the UK.

Ghuffar Usman, Director of Usman Khan (UK) Immigration Solicitors welcomes the new proposals and said “the proposed changes to the student immigration rules are part of a radical overhaul of the visa system intended to encourage growth, boost the economy and ensure students coming to the UK can support themselves both during and after their studies”.

It is vital that the UK attracts the brightest and the best international students to ensure that the UK is able to compete in the global market place. Consequently a new Graduate Entrepreneur route will open for students working on world-class innovative ideas who want to stay and develop them in the UK and young entrepreneurs or small company directors will get the chance to stay in the UK after their studies if they have £50,000 to invest in their business. “The inward investment by international students and graduates and the real possibility of creating new jobs will be a welcomed boost to any local economy struggling in the current financial climate” said Ghuffar Usman.

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