The government has made some progress in improving the recruitment of “the brightest and best” to UK businesses. In November 2017, the Home Office announced that the annual cap on Tier 1 visas will be raised from 1,000 to 2,000 in the “digital technology, science, arts and creative sectors”. Tier 1 visas are given on the basis of “exceptional talent” to leaders or future leaders in their field. Similarly, with regard to international students, the government has long noted that it places no limits on the number of students that can come to study in the UK from overseas (see this Gov.uk page, for example). On top of this, in December 2017, the government extended a pilot scheme to encourage universities to streamline the process for international postgraduate student applications. The scheme is now being used in 27 universities across the country.
It is too early to tell how these policies have affected the country’s ability to recruit the “brightest and the best”, so this will be marked ‘in progress’ until such time. Follow this policy to get updates as soon as they happen!
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- Twenty three universities join student visa pilot – Gov.uk
- Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 4 student – Gov.uk
- Government doubles exceptional talent visa offer – Gov.uk
- Benefits of international students to UK are ’10 times greater than costs’, shows study – The Independent
- International students: what to expect from studying in the UK – The Guardian
- UK universities report rise in applications from EU students – The Guardian