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article imageScientists angry at Home Secretary decision to expel foreigners

By Kev Hedges     Dec 28, 2014 in Science
Scientists in the UK are angry at the Home Secretary's decision to expel foreign students as soon as they have completed graduation.
Although only in the proposal stage, Theresa May has backed plans to send foreign students home as soon as the graduation process is over. But the Home Office has said the "brightest and the best" could still apply for top job posts after graduating.
At present, students in the U.K. on a student visa have to land a skilled job within four months of graduating. The new proposals would give foreign students no time at all to land any form of work unless they are the very brightest and best in their field of study.
However, last week the government hosted a Science and Innovation Strategy meeting where it said, "The UK is the best place in the world to do science and grow an innovative business."
In some respects the decision to back a plan to send the students home directly after graduation seems at odds with the comments made at the strategy meeting. One Imperial College professor told The Guardian of his surprise and frustration at the Home Secretary's proposal. Professor Stephen Curry said "it was kind of thoughtless" and could "damage the reputation of the U.K. strategy internationally."
In countries like Canada, Australia and the United States, foreign students can stay on in the respective country for 12 months beyond graduation on a student visa while looking for a skilled role.
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