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MAC report recommends relaxation on rules for international students

14 September 2018
The Government should relax rules on international students staying in the UK after they graduate from University, a recent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report has recommended. Following a call for evidence from October 2017 to January 2018 the Government commissioned review considered economic and fiscal impacts, impacts on domestic students, impacts on the wider community and impacts after studies are completed.

Recognising the benefits of international students, MAC recommends an extended period in the UK after their studies, a wider application window to switch to a Tier 2 visa and the ability to switch from Tier 4 to Tier 2 for two years after graduation, even if the student leaves the UK for a period of time.

It is positive that there is recognition that the current regime is not adequately encouraging international talent to study in the UK. However, the recommendations will be a disappointment for many as it does not support the suggestion of a new post study work visa or that student figures should be excluded from net migration figures.

It remains to be seen whether the Government will implement the recommendations considering its generally tough stance on immigration.

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