Scottish Affairs Committee

Post study work schemes inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Report published 15 February 2016. Awaiting Government response.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee has invited evidence on the following issues:

  1. What impact has the closure of the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) Visa had on:
    (a) Further and Higher Education Institutions in Scotland?
    (b) Economic growth in Scotland?
    (c) The ability of Scottish employers to find skilled staff?
    (d) Raising the skill levels of Scotland’s own young people and attracting skilled workers from the rest of the United Kingdom?
  2. How effective are current Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and 2 (General) visas for enabling international students to remain in Scotland, after completing their studies, to contribute to the Scottish economy?
    (a) What are the limitations of current arrangements?
  3. To what extent is the competitiveness of Scottish universities driven by factors such as the availability of post study work schemes, as compared to the quality of education?
  4. What progress has been made on discussions between the UK and Scottish governments to explore the possibility of introducing formal post study work schemes for international students in Scotland?
  5. How should any post study work scheme for international students in Scotland be structured?
Terms of reference: Post study work schemes

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