The Migration Advisory Committee has proposed changing visa processes to make it easier to hire international students. The proposal was one of several recommendations included in a 117-page report issued this week.
Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd commissioned the MAC in 2017 to assess the impact of international students in the U.K. The commission subsequently issued a call for evidence and based its recommendations in part on the responses stakeholders provided. The MAC recommended that the government:
The MAC declined to endorse the idea of introducing a separate post-study visa program, saying it would drive up demand for short degrees in order to retain temporary working rights—a point that the committee’s chair, Professor Alan Manning, acknowledged would be disappointing to the education sector.
Analysis & Comments: While the MAC introduced changes that would ease the processes for obtaining a Tier 2 visa upon completing coursework, it stopped short of proposing a separate post-study visa program. It also recommended that international students continue to be counted in the government’s net migration statistics, a disappointment to the education sector at a time when officials are under pressure to reduce overall net migration. The government will review the MAC’s recommendations and will set out its position in response to the inquiry’s findings.
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