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Bring back the post-study work visa for students from Commonwealth Countries

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We are calling on the UK Government to bring back the post-study work visa or an alternative scheme so that international students from commonwealth nations can gain work experience in the UK after they have finished their study.

International students build their lives in the cities that they study in and contribute immensely to the growth of UK higher education. By being here they make the UK richer culturally, socially, intellectually and financially. According to "International students coming to the UK to study, now generate more than £25 billion for the economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses"

Up until 2012 international students studying in the UK could apply for a post-study work visa. This enabled them to work for up to two years after they graduated, meaning that the UK directly benefited from the skills and knowledge the students gained during their degree. Providing post study work visas for these students will further strengthen the UK's relationship with the commonwealth.

The post study visa scheme was closed by the current UK Government as part of a drive to cut immigration. This is very detrimental to  higher education, the economy and society at large, the impact of this is that international students from countries like Nigeria now choose to study elsewhere, in countries like Canada, Malaysia and Ireland. It could be argued that these students feel that the UK is not giving them good value for their money

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