Indians to be affected by UK Post Study Work Visa closure
United Kingdom, 6th April: The UK Post-Study Work visa scheme is going to be closed today putting to an end dreams of several Indians to work in the UK after studying there.
A large number of Indians avail the opportunity of working in the UK after successful completion of studies in the UK. But the UK’s decision to eliminate the UK PSW(Post Study Work) visa program will jeopardize plans of such Indians.
UK PSW visa program closed—Prior to the changes in the UK immigration norms, Indian students were permitted to work for a period of two years after their study courses in the UK. But, new rules for UK immigration coming into effect today will put to an end the UK Tier 1 PSW route.
Apart from Indian students, others to be affected by such UK visa changes include students from non-EU nations.
The closure of the UK Tier 1 visa route has been announced by the UK Home Office.
UK Tier 1 visa provided jobs and work experience--The UK Tier 1 visa program provided a good option of financially supporting their stay in the UK by getting employment for a period of two years.
Apart from opportunity of work for two years in the UK, Tier 1 visa program also offered valuable work experience for foreign students. No wonder, the chances of fall in the number of Indian students applying for UK Tier 1 visa route are likely by September this year.
Options for applying to stay in the UK—Following elimination of the UK Tier 1 visa route, foreign students can still make applications for staying in the UK by exploring other UK immigration options. The only condition is they need to fulfill eligibility criteria including income levels.
Each year, foreign students coming to the UK generate nearly 14 billion UK pounds to the nation’s economy. Hence, the closure of the UK Tier 1 visa program is being criticized by many including Universities UK.
The latest step by the UK Government is to bring down UK immigration levels to ‘tens of thousands’. However, the UK immigration minister Damian Green maintained that despite of closure of the UK Tier 1 visa route, the nation is still open to welcoming the best and the brightest.