The United Kingdom was one amongst the top destinations students chose to pursue their higher education until a decade ago. In 2011, the UK government introduced strict student immigration laws. Following the withdrawal of the post-study work visa later in 2012, UK took a hit in terms of incoming international students. Indian students started to switch to newer and more welcoming countries such as Canada, Australia, and other European Union countries. This resulted in the decline of the numbers of students aspiring to consider UK as one of their options. The count actually shrunk to less than half in past 5-8 years.

However, in 2019 after UK announced a 2-year Post Study Work (PSW) permit that will allow international students to work or search for work, demand for universities in UK has significantly increased. Lot of students might be wondering about the impact Brexit will have on the higher education in the United Kingdom (UK). We advise students not to worry about any drastic changes at least for the next couple of years. Also, there is a likelihood that Brexit might result in a reduction in the course fees in various UK universities. This will aid in creating ample number of job opportunities in the UK.

As, Britain has already cut off its ties with the European Union (EU), students from the EU nations will no longer have a benefit over other nations. Indians will now have a strong reason to consider this country to pursue higher studies. UK will now have an influx of students and the numbers will definitely increase every year due to welcoming immigration environment.

For every student here in India, the major factor when looking at higher education options abroad is the host country and the value of the degree you earn. It plays a vital role in defining your career choices ahead. If you are looking forward to apply for a University in the United Kingdom, let’s evaluate the advantages for the same.

Key points about studying and working in the UK

  • Globally Recognized Universities
  • Good Quality Education
  • Great Opportunities will be offered owing to Brexit
  • Strong infrastructure for Research
  • No language barrier as compared to other EU countries
  • Brexit will open doors to lot of international students especially Indians
  • Brexit might result in reduction of tuition fees
  • UK Point Based Immigration System will be applicable from 1 January, 2020
  • To be eligible to live and work in the UK, a minimum of 70 points will be required
  • Post Brexit, a reduction in the general salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600 has been recommended by Migration Advisory Committee for experienced workers
  • General salary threshold for new entrants has gone down from £20,800 to £17,920
  • As per the new system in UK, both EU and non-EU citizens, will need to demonstrate that they have a job offer from a valid sponsor
  • The UK government is planning to abolish the cap on the number of Tier 2 holders, which will in turn result in irrelevancy of the Shortage Occupation List
  • Points will be awarded based on the following characteristics:
  • Qualifications
  • English language proficiency
  • Age
  • Ability to work in a priority sector

Akshay Bhandari

Sr. Counselor and Trainer

Imperial Overseas Education Consultants

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