UNITED KINGDOM – New Statement of Intent (Study and Post Study Work) Announced
The UK’s Immigration Minister, Damian Green, has announced that new rules affecting students and post-study workers will come into effect within weeks to primarily cut abuse of the student visa route but also provide opportunities to overseas graduates to stay and work in the UK. The full Statement of Intent can be downloaded here.
Key Points of the Statement of Intent
Those UK based employers who routinely engage migrant staff will be interested to note the following:
- The Tier 1 (Post-study work) route will close to new applicants on 5 April 2012;
- New provisions under Tier 2 (General) will be introduced to allow recent graduates to switch into this category without the employer needing to complete a resident labour market test. Furthermore, the jobs will not be subject to the annual limit on Tier 2 numbers (i.e. Certificates of Sponsorship will be in the Unrestricted category);
- A new Graduate Entrepreneur route will open, with up to 1,000 places for students working on world-class innovative ideas who want to stay and develop them, but who do not meet the requirements of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route;
- Maintenance: There will be an increase in the amount of money that students and working migrants (and their dependants) must prove they have to support themselves financially during their time in the UK;
- From 6th April 2012, new work placement restrictions will apply to those international students not studying at degree level. From this date at least two thirds of a course must comprise formal study with a maximum of one third of course time spent on a work placement.More changes are expected, as the UK Border Agency typically introduces new fees, forms and rules in April.
- Note the changes above, to take effect from April 2012. Contact your UK provider (or Peregrine, or Smith Stone Walters directly) for more information.