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Did the end of the Post Study Work route hurt the tech sector?

A cross-party group of MPs and peers have joined forces last week to launch an inquiry into the impacts of closing the Post Study Work (PSW) route. The PSW route allowed non-EU graduates to seek employment in the UK for up to two years after their studies, and was closed by the Home Office in April 2012.

The inquiry, coordinated by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and chaired by Paul Blomfield MP, will explore the impact of the policy change on universities, foreign students, and local economies, and any further unintended consequences of the route closure. In closing this route, the Government intends to restrict access to the UK labour market for non-EU graduates who have not secured employment at the end of their studies.

Paul Blomfield MP, chair of the inquiry into the changes said: "The enormous contribution made by international students to our universities, local communities and the economy is widely recognised. But work opportunities for non-EU students after graduation have been limited by the Government since 2012. This inquiry will provide a valuable opportunity to examine all of the impacts of the Government's decision to close the Post Study Work route and to draw on the experience of other countries. We will be seeking evidence from universities, students and employers and making recommendations to the Government based on what we hear."

We want to hear from techUK members on whether the closure of the PSW had an adverse effect on the technology sector. Get in touch with Charlotte Holloway to share your views and feed in to a submission to the APPG.

Download the full inquiry details below.

APPG Post Study Work route inquiry outline (pdf)

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