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Its policies don’t always keep industry stakeholders happy, but the UK is still the second most-popular destination for international students worldwide. Last year, pressure mounted on the government to reintroduce a post-study work visa, but the Migration Advisory Committee thought otherwise. However, in a twist that saw the whole industry celebrate after years of campaigning, more generous regulations for PSW have been announced: a two-year post-study work visa which will “likely” be available to graduates from 2021.

Study permits (for non-EEA students – further clarifications on how the existing regulations will apply to EEA students are expected over the coming months )

Work rights during a course (for non-EEA students, see above)

Post-study work 

EU students starting their course in the 2020/21 academic year will still enjoy free tuition in Scotland, and those in England will still have access to ‘home’ fees and financial support for the duration of their course.

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