UK employers are getting tired of having to sponsor fresh graduates or international students for the Tier 2 work permit, which is for students who are not from EU Countries. Since this rule does not apply to students from EU countries, it, therefore, gives EU students employability edge in the UK.
After Brexit on 29th March, which exempts UK from the EU, EU students would no longer be given preferential treatment as equal opportunities would be open to students from the EU and Indians. As expressed by Ms. Sanyal, a lady from Delhi, Brexit would be favourable to them as students from India as the chance to get employed based on skills and qualification will be the order of the day.
Ms. Sanyal is just one of the hundreds of Indian students who have had a tough time getting a job in the UK after obtaining their graduate or post-graduate degrees. With Brexit on their minds, Indian students are more optimistic about studying and working in the UK. According to her, it is challenging, if not impossible for Indian students (holding a Tier-4 visa) to get a Tier 2 visa (employment visa). She, however, added that after the exit, when both EU and non-EU students start getting assessed on the same level, Indian students would have better chances of qualifying.
Last month, a white paper was released by the government, and it explained a post Brexit plan which centered more on why the nation should focus on the economic need for skilled Immigrants and not their nationality. When this new system is affected by 2021, the chances open to Indian students and professional would be more significant.
Advantages of the Brexit plan to the Indians
According to Adarsh Khandelwal, one of the significant benefits that international students would enjoy from the proposal is that after their graduation, they will be allowed to remain in the country for six more months, instead of the usual four months. Those Indian students who have intentions of furthering their education in the UK would be affected by the proposal.
Also, Sarosh Zaiwalla added that another advantage of the proposal to the Indian students is the opportunity to compete for jobs based on merit (a modifiable factor), and not based on their nationality (a fixed factor).
Immigration experts have estimated that the plan does not guarantee Indians an amazing job in the UK. In fact, they said a majority of the short-medium term projections show that the Brexit plan is detrimental to the British economy.
Some Indian professors in the UK have also raised questions over the minimum salary cap of £30,000 set for Immigrants who wish to come in as highly skilled workers. Foreign professionals who have their eyes on the UK’s law or health sector might miss their chance as a result.
In spite of the current restrictions, about 23 Universities have successfully received permission to extend the deadline for the expiration of their students’ visa by two more months, thus giving them six months to find a job in the country after graduation.
Some universities are even applying for a two-year visa extension for their students after graduation. Vice Chancellor Anthony Forster from the University of Essex said that the schools’ administration is not unaware of how important it is for Indian students to get a work visa and that they are currently offering post-study work visas. He added that they are pleased with the fact that the issue of visa extension has been mentioned in the white paper.
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