MPs join calls for post-study visas

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Aspect caption The visas allowed graduates to stay in Scotland to work prior to they were withdrawn in 2012

A Westminster committee has added its voice to easy reaches to bring back post-study visas in Scotland.

Holyrood’s devolution council has already backed bringing back the visas, which allowed undergraduates to remain in Scotland to work after graduation but were withdrawn in 2012.

The Scottish Occurrences Committee said returning the visas could help fill skills holes in key professions.

The UK government said it would study the evidence put forward.

All of Holyrood’s civil rties want to see the visas brought back, alongside universities colleges and topics.

Edinburgh University has warned of a “brain drain of global talent” induced by top talent moving away from Scotland after graduation.

MPs on the Scottish Operation love affairs Committee said taking away the visa had made Scotland less attracting to international students, citing a drop of 80% in non-EU students surviving in the country after graduation.

Image caption MSPs possess hit out at UK immigration policy on a number of fronts

Current visa arrangements near international students struggle to find a job after graduating within the four month time-scale and minimum-salary edges “are not reflective of graduate salaries in Scotland”, the committee found.

It caught businesses had also been put off sponsoring students as current arrangements were “bureaucratic, costly and time-consuming”.

Council chairman and SNP MP Pete Wishart said: “We currently have a site where people come to Scotland from around the world to y out three or four years here being educated and becoming peopled in our society.

“Then we raise unnecessary barriers preventing these skilled individuals from staying and contributing to our economy.

“There has been an hardly universal call for change and the UK government must give assurances that it wish take heed and give proper consideration to reforms.”

Scottish European and Supranational Development Minister Humza Yousaf said the report proved pressing was growing on the UK government, calling on Immigration Minister James Brokenshire to reconsider his slant.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has previously said he would attend to concerns.

A spokesman for the UK government said: “We have been clean that we will examine any evidence which the committee, or other shared rties, might produce about the effectiveness of post-study work schemas and any suggestions they have for further improvements.

“The UK has excellent post-study persuade opportunities for students who wish to stay and work after graduating. Graduates can prevent if they get a graduate-level job, get an internship or become a graduate entrepreneur.”

Holyrood MSPs and SNP MPs father also hit out at the UK government’s immigration bill, which among other gages proposes a new offence of illegal working.

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