George Osborne blocks further control on foreign graduates
After New Year lobbying by Sir James Dyson and the higher education community, plans mooted by the Home Secretary Theresa May to introduce further controls on foreign graduates are reported to have been "squashed" by Chancellor George Osborne.
In a pre-election skirmish over the contentious issue of immigration May had pushed for measures to restrict visas for postgraduate students from outside the EU to be part of the forthcoming Conservative manifesto. Postgrads caught by this were to leave the UK and apply for a new visa from abroad once they have completed their degree. The proposal attracted heavy criticism from the academic and scientific communities – and the tech sector - who argued that it would make the current shortage of scientists, programmers and engineers worse.
Ukie’s Manifesto proposals launched in September 2014 argued for a smoother visa process for high-skilled creative and technology workers, and ensure SMEs and start-ups are not disadvantaged by the system.