Indian students who are studying in the UK will now have the opportunity to stay longer in the UK after they have finished their studies.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Thursday opened a new graduate immigration route which will provide an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, at any skill level for at least two years.
"Under the UK Government’s points-based immigration system, talented students from India and across the globe now have the opportunity to kick start their careers in the UK at the highest levels of business, science, technology and the arts. Once they’ve received their world-leading qualification from one of our fantastic education institutions, this new visa will give them the freedom to fulfil their aspirations and advance their careers," Priti Patel said in a statement.
As per a release from the British High Commission in Delhi applicants to the graduate route can now apply in a fully digital way, using the UK Immigration: ID Check smartphone app.
"Successful applicants will be issued with an eVisa, and be able to conveniently access this status whenever needed to prove their rights in the UK. This is a more convenient application process which means applicants will not have to visit a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service or re-submit their biometrics. Customers who cannot use the app can still apply online but will need to visit a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service. This change stands to benefit tens of thousands of students from India," it stated.
In 2020, more than 56,000 Indian nationals were granted a student visa.