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Government announces new International Graduates Scheme from 1 May

The government has today announced a new scheme - the International Graduates Scheme.

From 1 May 2007, graduates with a Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree will be eligible to apply to work in the UK for up to one year. Beyond the 12 months, international graduates can apply for schemes such as the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme which is a route to settlement.

So, as an example, any graduate of a Bachelors programme at LSE who earns in excess of £23,000 in the first year, and is 27 or under when they apply for the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP), will have enough points to apply for the HSMP either during or at the end of the 12 month period. No action will be required from the employer.

This will make it much easier for organisations to employ LSE international graduates, as these new regulations:

  • make it much easier for our graduates to work in the UK
  • the graduate can apply for the right to work, not the employer.

Howard Davies, director of LSE, said: 'This is very good news for LSE graduates wanting to work in the UK, and something we've been pressing the government to consider for some time. We look forward to helping employers and graduates make the most of the new scheme from May.'


Contact Frances Meegan, f.meegan@lse.ac.uk|, LSE Careers Adviser, or see www.lse.ac.uk/careers| 

For the International Graduates Scheme details, see www.homeoffice.gov.uk|

28 March 2007