3 year UK PSW for PhD students from 2021
The UK government has announced that international PhD students will be eligible for 3 years post study work Graduate Route PSW visas from 2021.
The British government revealed its plans to set up an “Office for Talent” to attract and make it “easier for top global science, research and innovation talent to come to the UK”.
The new Graduate Route plans were announced as part of a wider ‘Research and Development Roadmap’ launch statement by UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma this morning (1 July 2020).
International PhD students currently in the UK who are due to graduate next year and new PhD students starting their programmes in 2021 will both be eligible for this new PSW offer.
Extended UK PSW for PhD graduates from summer 2021
Currently, international students in the UK are set to benefit from the reintroduction of 2-year post-study work permits from next summer.
Recently, the UK Home Office announced that foreign students forced to continue their studies through online, distance or blended learning due to COVID-19 will remain eligible for UK Graduate Route PSW visas in 2021 upon graduation.
With today’s announcement, overseas students completing their PhD from UK institutions in summer 2021 will gain an additional year to live and work in the country after graduation.
Undergraduate and postgraduate international students will retain the ability to also access UK PSW visas from summer 2021 for 2 years.
Ability to switch visa category within UK introduced for overseas students
In the current system, overseas students are expected to return to their country of origin to apply for certain changes to their visa category.
With the changes announced today, one of the key changes enforced will be granting overseas students the ability to switch to another type of visa from within the UK without having to return to their respective countries to lodge the visa applications.
As the UK transitions to a points-based immigration system due for introduction in early 2021, further changes to the international student route are expected to be made.
Today’s announcement confirmed that the window in which prospective students can make visa applications will be extended.
Additionally, the UK also plans to remove study time limits at the postgraduate level for international students.
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