For many people applying for the coveted UK work permit, successfully earning the right to live and pursue a career in England can be a challenging process. However, there are a handful of people that do make their dreams come true with access to the tier 2 system.
One recent graduate from the De Montfort University in Leicester achieved his Tier 2 work permit after years of experience building race cars as part of his course. Yash Naik, a student from India, Mumbai, managed to kick start his career as a Mechanical Engineering graduate with a highly sought-after work visa - one of the handful available to people attempting to enter the UK each year.
The 22-year-old needed to apply with the help of UK immigration lawyers for his tier 2 work permit, which will allow him to continue working within the UK for as long as he earns the right income in his mechanical engineering job. Naik said that coming to the UK for the first time was a very difficult process, but he knew that he wanted to take advantage of the incredible educational system available in England.
Nash achieved his tier 2 work permit after graduating from university with a 2:1 in mechanical engineering. However, many similar students would be unlikely to achieve the same success with their application. That's one of the reasons why various government leaders have begun to discuss the re-introduction of post-study work visas - another kind of UK work permit which allows students to work in the field they've trained in within the UK.
Under the current rules, foreign students in the UK are allowed to remain in Britain for only 6 months after getting their degree.
However, before 2012, international students could stay in the UK for up to 2 years, making it easier for them to find roles that would allow them to apply for the UK Tier 2 work visa like Yash Naik.
Many experts believe that the post-study work visa could be the key to bringing more skilled graduates back into the country.