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New UK visa route for international graduates

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The UK has announced a new visa route for 2013 to encourage the international ‘entrepreneurs’ to stay on in the country after their studies. Hotcourses Abroad reports.

Damian Green announced a new visa route for international graduate entrepreneurs, described as a ‘contribution-base system’ instead of the point-based system currently in place.

According to the recent announcement, those international students who have engaged in supervised entrepreneurial activity during their university studies in the UK and who want to stay on after their studies to develop their ideas, will be granted leave to remain for two years.

This super-selective visa category will be available from April 2013 and has been somehow seen as a replacement to the Post-Study work visa scheme that allows graduates to stay in the UK for two and look for a job. This scheme will be close down in April 2012.

Damian Green stated that he intended to make the immigration system “sustainable” and established that there needed to be a ‘focus on quality, rather than quantity.’

In the meantime, Australia and the US have eased the requirements for international graduates that want to remain in the country after their studies to work and apply the experience gain during their degree.


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