British to resume two-year visa for foreign graduates

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Added On September 13, 2019

INTRO
 
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has brought back an old immigration policy which will enable stay international students to stay in Britain for two years after graduation to find work.
 
PKG
 
In a joint statement from 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, Johnson and senior ministers unveiled new plans aimed at attracting and retaining "the brightest and best talent" from around the world.
 
The move reversed a decision made in 2012 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May that forced overseas students to leave just four months after finishing a degree.
 
The change will apply to international students who start courses at undergraduate level or above from next year onwards.
 
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): Chinese Student in UK
"For me, I feel like it is a kind of opportunity for many international students. I think this policy has more advantages than disadvantages, but on the other hand, the competition can be fiercer in each position then."
 
SOUNDBITE: Indian Student in UK
"So this visa extension, I believe it is favourable for many students because London is a hub of international students. I believe this would really help students, especially the international students to recover the cost of their education by working here."
 
Under the policy change, there is no restriction on the the types of jobs students would have to seek and no cap on numbers.
 
The government said the change would open up opportunities for future breakthroughs in science, technology and research, and other world-leading work that international talent brings to Britain.