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.