The Prime Minister has announced today that foreign students will be permitted to remain in the United Kingdom for up to two years after completing their degrees.
The new strategy is aimed at boosting the appeal of Britain as a university destination for overseas students.
From 2021, international students who enrol on undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD courses in the UK will be able to stay in the country for two years after they graduate.
The new policy is in stark contrast to the current rules, introduced in 2012 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May, which allow student graduates to remain in the UK for only 4 months after graduating.
Andrea Leadsom, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy stated on Radio 4 today that the government is committed to attracting the brightest and best student graduates to take up employment positions in the UK.