The United Kingdom is set to bring back its post-study work visa.

Higher Education site Wonkhe says students, universities and even British education trade union UCU have celebrated the return (in principle) of the visa.

The visa was scrapped in 2012 by Theresa May, who was Home Secretary at the time.

The new scheme – called the “Graduate Route” – will allow eligible graduates to work at any skill and salary level, unlike the Tier 2 work visa.

The Tier 2 work visa is generally limited to jobs at Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) 6 and above, and subject to a salary requirement of £30,000/£20,800 for “new entrants” including fresh graduates.

Unlike the old post-study work visa, the Graduate Route is limited to only graduates from those institutions which have a “track record” of compliance with visa rules.

And while the full details are still unclear, students graduating from the summer of 2021 onwards are likely to benefit from the route.

But Wonkhe reckons it may not be as positive as it first seems.

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