Post Study Work category to end next year

Post Study Work axed from next year

On the day that British students will march against the increases in home students’ fees, Mrs Theresa May has announced her government’s plans to close the PSW route for foreign graduates. It has been reported that last year the route allowed 38,000 overseas nationals to enter the labour market.

The PSW route does not allow any extensions, only switching, and it did not count towards settlement in either Tier 1 or Tier 2. Why get rid of it then? Oh right the election promise to the “British people”! Whatever.

It would be nice to see what the government’s plans are for the “long residence” (10 and 14 years) categories which came in under the Labour government’s Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

Anyway, sorry to digress, with the PSW scheme, as with Tier 4, there will be an eight-week consultation on the government’s plans. The government will provide full particulars of their plans in the New Year.

Thus far, since 19 July 2010, the government and the UKBA totally failed to consider the PSW category in the revised Tier 2 (General) criteria for the “allocation of a certificate of sponsorship”

The above is a record of the politics of the PSW visa at the time. The latest news on the immigration rules can be viewed here. The government has opted to keep the PSW visa intact. The economics of the PSW visa is expanded upon here.

About Asad Ali Khan, BA, MSc, MA, LL.B (Hons), LL.M

Senior Partner, Khan & Co, Barristers-at-Law
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One Response to Post Study Work category to end next year

  1. George says:

    The govenment needs to realise that it will not be in the interest of UK businesses to ‘throw away the bath water with the baby’. Closures and limits are not the solution to whatever economic mess UK finds itself in. In fact, non EU immigrants play a prominent strategic role in the recovery of the UK: since they were part of the system during the crunch, then rebuilding the nation towards recovery becomes our common concern.

    EU or non EU, the same blood runs through every one of us. Non EU post graduate students are assets that the UK government should continue taking advantage of their contributions to the society.

    Some actions are better avoided, than seeking how to re-trace one’s steps after having acted.

    Long live the United Kingdom and its lovely people.


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