Punam Birly, Employment & Immigration Partner at KPMG in the UK comments on the Chancellor’s Spring Statement.
Commenting on the Chancellor’s Spring Statement Punam Birly, Employment & Immigration Partner at KPMG said:
“Whilst PhDs have historically always received preferential treatment in the UK Tier 2 visa allocation process, the exemption announced by the Chancellor provides certainty to universities and academics studying in the UK that those applying will receive a visa if they meet all other requirements. This is good news for our research institutes and innovating businesses, who will benefit from this exemption from this autumn.
“The timely decision that overseas research activity, will now count as residence in the UK for the purpose of applying for settlement, will be particularly helpful for researchers from the EU who will not be unfairly penalised for time spent overseas conducting vital fieldwork if they want to apply for settled status in the UK. The Government has also proposed in the Immigration White Paper on the new migration system from 2021 that students will be given more time to stay in the UK and look for employment after their studies. Our universities rely on being able to continuously attract high calibre researchers from overseas, so this is a positive step in demonstrating our commitment to securing talent - keeping our world class universities competitive.”
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