Post-study work schemes Contents


Terms of Reference

1 Our inquiry

Responsibility for immigration policy

Past work by the Scottish Affairs Committee

Recent developments

The Smith Commission

Work by the Scottish Government

Our reports on the Work of the Scottish Affairs Committee and the creative industries

Our inquiry

2 International students in Scotland

Student visas

The value of international students

3 Past and present post-study work routes

The Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme

The Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) visa

Current arrangements

The impact of restricting post-study work routes

4 The case for improving post-study work routes in Scotland

The needs of Scotland

Importance of retaining skilled international graduates

International competitiveness of Scottish universities

Suitability of current post-study work routes

The case for Scotland

Views across the UK

5 Options for improving post-study work routes

Reforming current post-study work routes

Review of Tier 2 visas

Promoting the UK’s current post-study work offer

A new post-study work scheme for Scotland

How a Scotland-only scheme could work

Lessons from past schemes

6 Engagement by the UK Government

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex – UK visas

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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