Scotland to re-introduce post-study work visa for Indian students
Scotland has announced that it will re-introduce post study work visa for Indian students if it gains independence from United Kingdom in the referendum scheduled for September. According to the officials of a leading political party in the country, Scotland is all set to re-introduce the post study work visa facility for Indian students as a priority. Scotland's minister for external affairs and international development Humza Yousaf said, Scotland will allow Indian students to work at least for two years after they finish their education degree in Scotland. Scotland has seen a mighty fall in Indian aspirants coming here to study just because of the new UK regulations. Scotland will permit Indian aspirants to stay and work after getting their degree.
The post-study work visa facility was removed by the United Kingdom government in the year 2012. These visas allowed graduates aspirants to work in UK for a period of two years after the completion of their education degree. Currently, more than 2,000 Indian aspirants are pursuing various higher education courses throughout Scotland. Due to the strict visa policy in United Kingdom the other competitor countries which offer more profitable post-study work opportunities have benefitted as students prefer such countries to pursue higher studies.
Apart from this there is a brain-drain of skilled candidates from Scotland. Home Secretary Mrs. May believes that the current rules are being abused as many students are staying in the country illegally after their studies. The scheme put forward by the Conservatives would require anyone whose student visa expires to leave the country and re-apply if they want to continue their studies or take up graduate jobs.
The unbounded exchange of aspirants and scholars is a key element of the success of any academic institute. Hence, the immigration system should not be a barrier to such facilities, which will act as a discouragement for foreign students to pursue their higher education in the UK. As far as reports are concern, after UK modified its immigration policy which stopped its post-study work option for international students, Scotland has witnessed approximately 51% decrease in Indian students opting for Scottish educational institutes.