The policy change regarding post-study work opportunities for international students, coming at a time when the UK has seen an enormous dip in the number of incoming international and particularly Indian students in recent years, is again a welcome step but falls short of the NISAU’s consistent demand of the introduction of a conditional post-study work visa in the UK, based on our “Fair Visa, Fair Chance” proposal
The National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU), Britain’s largest Indian student and youth forum, launches “Fair Visa, Fair Chance” Campaign as Home Secretary Sajid Javid unveiled changes to the UK’s immigration system in the Immigration White Paper….reports Asian Lite News
As Brexit stares at Britain, Home Secretary Sajid Javid unveiled the blue print for ‘The UK’s future skills-based immigration system’.
Mr Javid said the new system would be based on UK needs rather than where migrants were from and show the UK “open for business”.
Unveiling the plan at Parliament, Mr Javid said that while there was no “specific target” for reducing numbers coming into the UK, net migration would come down to “sustainable levels”.
The White Paper is the biggest shake-up of immigration policy for 40 years. It also include scrapping of the current cap on the number of skilled workers such as doctors or engineers from the EU and elsewhere; A consultation on a minimum salary requirement of £30,000 for skilled migrants seeking five-year visas; Visitors from the EU will not need visas and plans to phase in the new system from 2021.
“The proposed new single, skills-based immigration system brings forth a mixed-bag of announcements for international students and the UK higher education community,” said Mohanish Borana, President of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU). “The removal of the requirement of labour market tests, removal of the annual cap on the number of work visas issued and expansion of the skills threshold are some welcome, and much needed, policy steps for employment in the post-Brexit Britain. NISAU, as the representative voice of students and young professionals of Indian origin, appreciates the UK Government’s intention to favour experience and talent over nationality.
“However, we believe that arbitrary salary caps and net immigration targets are in no way beneficial to the British economy given their effects on businesses and higher education. For instance, trainee solicitors are unlikely to meet the £30,000 salary cap – does this mean they are ‘unskilled’? We hope that further thought will be given to ensuring a welcoming and supportive immigration system.
“The policy change regarding post-study work opportunities for international students, coming at a time when the UK has seen an enormous dip in the number of incoming international and particularly Indian students in recent years, is again a welcome step but falls short of the NISAU’s consistent demand of the introduction of a conditional post-study work visa in the UK, based on our “Fair Visa, Fair Chance” proposal. While we acknowledge the policy intervention to allow all graduates to remain in the UK for up to six months after completing their studies, which is an additional 2 months on top of the existing 4 months, we strongly urge the government to go further.
The Migration Advisory Committee’s review report, whose recommendations frame the basis of this Whitepaper, too reinforced the contributions that international students make on the UK economy, culture and society. NISAU has been demanding justifiable and fair consumer rights for these overseas students that could have put the UK higher education sector at par with its global competitors who are experiencing a surge in international students lately.
The post-study work visa scheme in the UK has been fundamental in ensuring that, in today’s competitive world, international students are able to supplement their international education with relevant work experience. NISAU, in the wake of this new development, announces the revival of its “Fair Visa, Fair Chance” campaign for a conditional post-study work visa based on the commitment of the graduating student to return to his/her home country after 2 years. The British government and other stakeholders are urged to understand that if the subjects eligible for this visa scheme are carefully chosen according to the requirements of both countries’ shortage subject lists then it could in fact become an excellent tool for strengthening bilateral links between Britain and countries such as India, a necessity post-Brexit.”