‘Bring back post study work visa’

Lord Karan Billimoria during an academic function in Birmingham (File)

Cobra beer  tycoon  Lord Karan Bilimoria, President of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA),  has demanded to bring back post study work (PSW) visa…reports Asian Lite News


Lord Karan Billimoria with Birmingham University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood

Lord Bilimoria’s has decided to fight Prime Minister David Cameron’s controversial crackdown on international students from outside the EU. The government in its bid to reduce net migration to the UK had stopped the PSW visa.

But both  Business Secretary Sajid Javid  and Home Secretary Theresa May have stated and encouraged a new policy – new measures which will be put in place to ensure that foreign students return to their home countries after they complete their university studies.May had added that international students will be barred from taking up work during their studies.

Lord Bilimoria and billionaire Dyson founder Sir James Dyson – have strongly opposed such measures, saying they are damaging for Britain’s economy.

Lord Billimoria said, “Britain urgently needs more skilled and talented graduates, yet its disparaging rhetoric towards immigrants among those in power, paired with our Home Secretary’s refusal to remove students from immigration targets, broadcasts the wrong message to those hoping to study here.

“As a result, we have seen members of the international student community turn its back on Britain in vast numbers,” Lord Bilimoria added.

“I aim pushing for talented and highly skilled students to be able to stay in Britain after graduation, through schemes like the two year post study work visa – which should be reintroduced”, he continued.

“These measures will benefit international students, while strengthening the British economy and making Britain a hub for knowledge, skills and business,” he added.