Within a couple of months of living in the U.K, I was hooked. Coloured brick stone streets in Borough Market, quintessentially British charm and being in a global hub made me consider making London my home very early on in my undergraduate studies.
But there was one problem, the V-word.
Between getting your biometrics permit and waiting for Home Office decisions, the visa process is the small price we pay for the opportunity to study abroad; but up until now, it was a reality for me that when my student visa expired, I would have little to no time to job search in the U.K.
What does this mean for you?
Simply put, this new policy means more opportunities for you and your journey abroad! Following your undergraduate or postgraduate studies you will have up to two years to find a job in the U.K. should you decide to extend your stay.
How does the U.K feel about it?
Personally, I think the cultural and economic return the U.K will get from their new policy is an equally beneficial move for U.K universities and International students alike. In the words of Alistar Jarvis, Chief executive of UK universities “The introduction of a two-year post-study work visa is something Universities UK has long campaigned for and we strongly welcome this policy change, which will put us back where we belong as a first-choice study destination,” (The Guardian)
So whether you’re thinking about coming to the U.K to study or prepping for your first official year abroad the opportunity to work after your stay gives you yet another reason to move to one of the greatest cities in the world.