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Graduate Visa PSW United Kingdom - What Does the Future Hold?

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The Graduate Visa of UK (previously Post-Study Work Visa) launched on 1 July 2021. It is for international graduate students who seek to work in the UK after completing their studies. Thus, this program helped the UK Government to bring 600,000 international students to their land. But are students ok with this visa offering? Read this article to know what's happening. 


Who Can Apply For A Graduate Visa?

Graduate Visa or PSW can be applied for if you are currently in the UK. Also, holder of a  Student Visa or Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. Furthermore, you have completed your bachelor's, postgraduate degree or any other eligible course for a minimum period with your current visa. And lastly, after completing your study, your college or university has informed the Home Office about your successful completion of the course. 


Raising Concerns About Graduate Visa

It seems to be an excellent opportunity where they can gain work experience and more exposure. Bachelor's and Master's graduates can stay in the country for two years. And PhD students for three years. Although this program has benefits, many are still unhappy about it. The reason is that this program does not offer an extension. Instead, there is an option of switching it with another visa, such as a Student Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa



Online Petition 

Most international students come from underdeveloped nations. Thus, if they won't able to stay, they will make their way out to any other developed country instead of going back to their homeland. Also, after starting their career in the UK, they will not want to work in their land. They will further only chase the best options for their field. In this regard, an online petition was created asking the Government to make the Graduate Visa extendable. Also, to count it as a permanent residency. 


British Government Response 

Although the British Government has responded to it by raising the fact that the primary purpose of students is to come to study, not to settle in the UK, thus, there is no point in offering an extension to this visa. However, graduates can seek to apply for a work route such as a Skilled Worker Visa, which leads to permanent residence. 


Final Words

International students are right to ask for an extension on their Graduate Visa. It's not only going to benefit them but also the UK in the long run. Why lose out on a student who has not only taken education in this land but has also got work experience.

When ultimately, students will be going to some other developed country, it's in the United Kingdom Government's best interest to keep their nurtured individuals to them. They will have no option but to look towards Canada, Australia, the US etc., for economic stability and flourishing in their career. Britain could miss out on the growth potential these people have. 

Government should pave a smooth route for people holding a Graduate Visa (PSW) at the moment. It will only give an added benefit to their economy in the long run.



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