As universities in the UK continue to struggle with threats to their finances, many experts believe that international students will be crucial to the continued growth of our educational system. Unfortunately, problems with the UK work permit and UK visas for students who want to remain in the country after acquiring their degree could make it hard for us to attract future students.
According to experts in the educational sector, Brexit can't mean anything good to university. The UAL (University of Arts in London) has said that after analysing the background of the European students currently learning with them, they believe that they will lose at least half of those students if Brexit continues as planned. This means that 1,000 students will be missing from the halls of the University later this year.
After the UK abolished the post-study work visa in 2012, students are now left with the option of either applying for a tier 2 work permit and hoping that they have the right skills after their education or going back home and attempting to get into the country again in the future. The issues surrounding things like the UK work permit means that many international students are likely to avoid coming to the UK for their education altogether after Brexit goes ahead.
Last year, the Home Office relaxed some of their visa requirements from students that they consider to be low-risk countries. However, even though many of our highly-talented immigrants come from countries like India, this location remained absent from the list. Some of the groups requesting a change to the requirements of UK visas suggest that this is one of the first things that would need to be altered if we hope to continue attracting international students to the UK.
For the most part, however, the only way that Britain could get back on a level playing field with the rest of the world is to eliminate some of the complexity of the tier 2 work visa by putting post-study work visas back into effect