Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education Policy Unit, British Council said:
"The British Council strongly welcomes today’s announcement of a new immigration route that will give international students more time to find skilled work after they graduate. We have long recognised the enormous economic and socio-cultural benefits that international students bring to the UK. This new immigration route will also support the UK's ambitions to increase the number of international students studying in the UK each year to 600,000 by 2030.
There is nothing more powerful in cultural relations than people from around the world coming to work and study in the UK. They return home with positive attitudes towards the UK and are more likely to visit us, trade with us and, if they end up in positions of power, support us in the international arena."