The United Kingdom announced that it will start granting work visas to graduates from the world’s top 50 universities in an effort to attract “high potential” individuals.
The UK government released an online list of qualified colleges that included 20 US universities, including Harvard, Yale, and MIT.
Graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the universities included in the official list can apply for a 2-year work visa and bring their families with them to the UK.
According to the UK government, graduates will be eligible to apply regardless of where they were born, and they will not require a job offer. There will also be no limit on the number of graduates that are eligible to apply for the offer.
“The route means that the UK will grow as a leading international hub for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship,” said Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
The University of Hong Kong, the University of Melbourne, and the Paris Sciences et Lettres University were also included in the list.
However, some scholars have expressed displeasure that no universities from South Asia, Latin America, or Africa have been featured on the list.
Christopher Trisos, director and senior researcher at the University of Cape Town, told the BBC that the visa grant is “A deeply inequitable approach.”
“We want the businesses of tomorrow to be built here today, which is why I call on students to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to forge their careers here,” expressed Sunak.
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