5 Best Countries Offering Post Study Work Visa to Indian Students
While many Indian students dream of studying in foreign universities, there is also a trend of working abroad that is catching up lately. In reality, most of the Indian students plan on continue staying abroad after studies to build a career in foreign countries. This proves to be a good idea as it not only helps them explore opportunities in the global industry but also in recovering the money invested in pursuing courses abroad. Over the years, Canada, Australia, and the USA have emerged as the most popular choices for students wanting to study abroad.
However, there are many terms and conditions to be taken into account when it comes to working abroad. In this piece, we are taking a look at the top 5 countries that offer work permit after studies that you can consider if you are planning to study and work abroad:
The hotspot for Indian students, United States have has been the most loved destination for study and career. Even though there has been a great backlash after Trump’s policies, international (and Indian) students can stay and work in the USA for 12 months after the completion of their degree. For STEM students, the period is for 29 months. Students can go for OPT (Optional Practical Training) visa to work in their field of study which requires students to be employed under 90 days from the beginning of the OPT date. Additionally, students can also convert their F1 Visa to H1B Visa that allows students to work for 3 years which can also be extended to 6 years.
Home to many top universities, the UK is also a hot destination for many Indian students who dream of studying and working abroad. Since the Brexit, most people have started believing that studying in the UK is impossible however that is not true. In reality, the laws have become stricter but it is still possible for aspirants to study and work in the UK. Students can stay up to 2 years after completion of their degree and work in the UK. Following are the Visa options available for students:
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme: Ph.D. scholars can stay for 12 months and work or look for work in the UK
Tier 2 (General): This is the main route for pupils to work in the UK that is valid for up to 5 years. However, it is linked to a specific job and employer.
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur: Students with a credible business idea can stay for 12 months to establish their business. The period can be extended for a further 12 months.
Canada has recently emerged as a favored choice amongst Indian and international students for their friendly immigration policies. Canada allows students to stay and work or look for work for 3 years after completion of the course under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). Furthermore, the work experience gained under the program also qualifies them to apply for permanent residency through Express Entry.
A hot tourist destination, now Singapore is also becoming a top favorite for Indian students to study and work. Singapore allows students 12 months to look for a job with a Visit Pass. After students get a job, they need to apply for Employment Pass (EP). The EP is valid for 1-2 years and can be renewed. This pass also qualifies one to apply for permanent residency in Singapore.
A much-loved spot for tourists from around the world, France has many universities that are favorites amongst art and fashion enthusiasts. Though, France is not so relaxed with granting work permits. As per the rules of the country, students are supposed to leave at the completion of their course, however, one can apply for a work permit only if they have been able to bag employment. There is good news for Master’s students though, as they can apply for a temporary residence permit that is valid for up to 24 months.
So these are the top 5 countries that are currently offering post-study work opportunities to students. If your dream university is in one of these countries then you should get in touch with our study abroad consultants who can help you in getting closer to your dream.
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