The United Kingdom has announced that graduates from the world’s greatest institutions would be eligible for work visas as part of a post-Brexit immigration system aimed at attracting the “best and brightest” workers.
Following its leave from the European Union, Britain eliminated the preference granted to EU citizens and instead implemented a points-based immigration system that ranks applicants according to their qualifications and language abilities in relation to the sort of job provided to them, according to Euronews.
On Monday, May 30th, the revised scheme was announced.
Graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from one of the top 50 colleges in the world can apply for a two-year work visa and bring their families.
Doctoral candidates can apply for a three-year fellowship.
According to the government, successful applicants would be able to move to longer-term work visas.
Rishi Sunak, Britain’s finance minister, stated that this will allow the country to develop as a worldwide center for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
“We want tomorrow’s enterprises to be established here today,” Sunak added, “which is why I encourage students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to forge their careers here.”
Applicants must have received their degrees no more than five years before applying under the new method.
At least two of the following world university rankings, the Times Higher Education world university rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and the Quacquarelli Symonds world university rankings, must rank in the top 50.
The UK government’s most recent list of qualifying universities from 2021 includes more than two dozen American universities, as well as institutions from Canada, Japan, Germany, China, Singapore, France, and Sweden.
Candidates must pass a security and criminality check, as well as speak, read, listen, and write English at an intermediate level, according to the government.