ISE calls for ‘simplified’ UK visa for international students

ISE calls for ‘simplified’ UK visa for international students

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has published a manifesto for the forthcoming UK General Election calling for a ‘simplified’ UK visa process for international students to remain in the country.

Ahead of the UK General Election on Thursday 12 December 2019, the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has published a manifesto that it claims is ‘representing the calls of hundreds of Britain’s largest employers who collectively bring tens of thousands of young people into high quality employment every year’.

The manifesto details six key points that ISE wants the future UK government to implement to ensure that companies are able to find the talent and skills that they need and allow young people to transition smoothly into the workplace and to build productive careers.

The ISE manifesto laid emphasis on the role of international students and workers in the UK marketplace. The manifesto called for migration policy to be designed in a way to ensure that employers can recruit the talent that they need with the minimum of cost and bureaucracy.

Stephen Isherwood, CEO of Institute of Student Employers (ISE), told Global Education Times: “Many UK employers operate in a global economy and it is important that they can access high quality entry-level talent from around the world.

“The next [UK] government needs to design migration policies that facilitate this and minimise uncertainty.”

‘Simplified’ UK visa for international students and a points-based system deemed essential

The ISE manifesto states that migration policies should allow universities and employers to continue to recruit from an international pool of candidates, allowing for high quality entry-level candidates to enter the UK workforce.

With this in mind, ISE states that the student visa process should be simplified for employers, reducing both cost and bureaucracy.

The result of this, the ISE claims, would be a higher retention of international graduates from UK universities, broadening the talent pool whilst enhancing the appeal of a UK higher education.

Talking to Global Education Times about the need for the new UK government to design better migration policies for foreign graduates in the country, Mr Isherwood added: “We would like to see support for proposals such as simplification of the student visa process, flexible policies that recognise the different needs of regions, sectors and occupations and continuation of mobility schemes such as the Erasmus programme.”

Regarding what to avoid as part of UK visa policies, ISE warns that using a ‘one-size fits all’ approach to salary thresholds, which could potentially exclude some very valuable groups and head towards a points-based system, which, if introduced, recognises local needs and sectoral differences.

One thing that ISE is keen to see maintained after Brexit is access to current EU learning mobility schemes such as the popular Erasmus programme, which offer UK learners the opportunity to develop their employability overseas, whilst providing a mechanism to internationalise UK higher education.

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