British government radically overhauls student visa rules

February 23, 2012

Under tough new rules to come into effect in April, international students in Britain will be allowed to stay in the country only if they have graduated from a university and have an offer for a job paying at least £20,000 from a reputable employer accredited by the UK Border Agency. "In the past, too many students have come to the UK to work rather than study, and this abuse must end," says Britain's immigration minister. The British government has also announced a new graduate entrepreneur program that will allow PSE institutions to sponsor candidates to remain in Britain for 12 additional months, which may then be extended for another year if the sponsor institution "is satisfied with the progress they have made."  Times Higher Education  |  The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)