Sept 13, Colombo: In a major boost for Sri Lankan students, the United Kingdom has this week launched a new 'Graduate Immigration Route' for international students choosing the UK for their higher education.
The new scheme allows students pursuing their higher education in UK to stay and work, or to look for work, for two years following the completion of their education. It will provide greater opportunities for talented international students to remain in the UK for two years to work once they have successfully completed their studies.
The route will be available to all students who have successfully completed a course of study at undergraduate level or above at a recognized Higher Education Provider.
The new scheme will be introduced from the 2020 - 2021 academic year.
"The Graduate route demonstrates that UK is focused and committed to attracting the best students from around the world, and demonstrates the value we place on the contribution of international students to the UK and its economy," the British High Commission said in a statement.
Sarah Hulton, British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka said this is excellent news for Sri Lankan students who want to study overseas. "It will give them the flexibility to build on a first class UK education with the opportunity to work and get life experience. It's a win-win for the UK and for Sri Lanka."