The Scottish National Party (SNP) has made its election promise of re-introducing the Post-study Work (Tier 1) visa which was brought to an end by the UK government in April 2012; this had led to 50% dip for higher education in Indian students for visiting British universities.
Scotland needs students from India to come and study in its world class universities and then work for at least two years or can stay back and help to develop the economy. They require skilled workers and bright immigrants such as experts in gas and oil industry, engineers and healthcare specialists and many more from India to fill up in Scotland.
Glasgow opened up with the new Talent Working in Scotland Scheme visa in 2006, which allows the students from Scottish institutions to stay there for two years to work and put on further experience. The scheme ran from 2005 to 2008, when it was listed down the UK-wide Post-study Work visa, for this Scottish National Party has put up together a 12 members group from Scottish universities and members of the industry to look at how the visa can work best in Scotland.
SNP feels that the present four months given to international students at the end of their studies is inadequate time for most to find skilled employment and to transition to a post-study work 2 visa but Scotland doesn’t want to lose out the profit which is earned from foreign students.