‘Not heard of this’: Employers’ perceptions of the UK’s Graduate Route visa
3 January 2023
In the first year of the new scheme, 66,000 people benefited, with people from India, Nigeria and China jointly accounting for 64 per cent of the total.6 Indeed, there was such a big increase in demand for UK higher education on the back of the new Graduate Route that fears were raised about whether the scale of growth masked some fraud.7 Targets Despite the reduction in students from the EU, over. [...] A subsequent piece of work from HEPI, Universities UK International and London Economics, which used the same methodology and was published in 2021, found the number had increased by over one-quarter to £25.9 billion.16 • Showing the substantial tax and National Insurance payments of international students who stay in the UK to work: the minority of international students from one cohort who opted. [...] The former Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, has noted: ‘There is still a job to do in terms of educating employers about the Graduate Route and assuring them that it is simple to use.’29 In the research commissioned for the Government, when asked how the Graduate Route could be improved, one beneficiary reported: January 2023 7 I think potential availability of information and in. [...] • Not heard of this; I wonder if it is something that partly restores one of the many benefits taken away by the idiocy that is Brexit? The final comment listed above, linking the current debate about migration to the impact of Brexit, was a theme that appeared repeatedly in the free text boxes. [...] Soon after the Graduate Route visa was introduced, the number of sponsored study visas granted to students from India overtook the number issued to students from China.30 January 2023 9 The conclusions from this small and limited piece of work are clear: • the current migration system is widely disliked by employers for the level of bureaucracy involved in recruiting someone from another country;.