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Petition Launched Against the Proposal to Prohibit Conversion of UK Student Visas to Work Visas

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International students looking for top-notch education and job possibilities frequently choose to study in the United Kingdom via student visa. However, recent adjustments to the nation's immigration laws have disappointed a lot of hopeful pupils. 

A new regulation that went into effect on July 17 has sparked a wave of unhappiness among international students since it prevents them from obtaining employment permits while they are completing their education. A large-scale petition has been started in response, asking the UK government to reevaluate its strict stance.

International students have been preparing for years to take advantage of the chance to study in the UK to improve their abilities and acquire useful work experience afterwards. Unfortunately, the recently passed law has dashed these dreams, leaving them unsure of their future prospects.

The Mass Petition: A Voice for International Students

A large-scale petition that has received a lot of attention and support has surfaced in response to the government's decision. More than 12,000 people who are concerned have so far signed the petition. 

By the deadline of January 20, 2024, if it receives 100,000 signatures, the issue will be brought up for discussion in the UK Parliament. International students now have a slim chance that the strict requirements may be reconsidered in their favour.

Key Aspects of the Petition 

The petition's main demand is that the new rule not be applied to students who are currently enrolled in UK-based institutions. These students claim that they entered the UK under different circumstances and that they had been given the chance to change their student visas into work visas after graduating. 

They demand that the government take their situation into account because enforcing the law retroactively goes against the ideas of natural justice.

Additionally, the petition demands that the regulation only be put into effect for students who begin their coursework in January of the following year. As a result, present international students could carry out their original intentions, and potential new students could decide wisely in light of the updated policy.

It seems reasonable for the UK government to tighten immigration regulations. It is as per the prime minister's pledge to handle immigration issues. However, finding a balance that respects the goals and obligations of international students who have already devoted time to their UK education is vital.


How exactly does the new law impact the employment chances of overseas students?

The proposed regulation would prevent international students with student visas from converting their visas into work permits and would force them to return to their home countries after finishing their studies.

What issues have UK-based companies expressed with the new law?

Since UK firms frequently rely on international students who have finished their studies and have valuable skills and credentials, they are worried that the new rule may result in a lack of skilled workers in particular industries.


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