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Post-study work scheme in Scotland - please take part in this survey

06 February 2015

Your views are welcomed on how a new post-study work scheme could operate in Scotland. The consultative survey should only take 3-5 minutes to complete.

Post-study work schemes in Scotland have previously enabled students from overseas, graduating in Scotland, to extend their stay for a period of time, to both work and gain further experience.

A Post-Study Work Working Group has been meeting with representatives from Business and Education, along with the Scottish Government. The Group is considering the impact that the UK Government’s closure of the post-study work route has had on Scottish Businesses and Education, and is developing proposals for how a new post-study work visa could operate in Scotland. The intent is to produce a report of findings by the end of March this year. 

Your response to this consultative survey will help to inform the work of the Group. Responses will be anonymous and individual respondents will not be identified.

You can find the survey here.


From 2005, the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme (FT:WISS) enabled international students from Scottish institutions to remain for two years after study. This scheme ran until 2008, when it was subsumed into a UK-wide Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) visa. The UK Government abolished the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) visa in April 2012. 

Separately, the Smith Commission, which was set up in September 2014 to agree new powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, has taken the view that the Scottish and UK Governments should work together to explore a potential scheme to allow international students to remain in Scotland for a defined period of time after graduation and contribute to economic activity. Scottish and UK Government officials have met to begin discussions to take this work forward.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like any further information, please contact Claire Speedie, Senior Immigration Advisor, Scottish Government at

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Kathryn Brain (Munro) 09/02/2015

As an international student (Australian of Scots descent) currently studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands, I am thankful to anyone who participates in this survey. Myself and my young family do wish to stay here after I complete my 4-year Honours degree in May and are keen to settle, however, the current visa situation will prohibit us to do so. Thank you.

Usman Ali 01/04/2015

Actually this initiative shows the Scottish government intention to improve their economy by allowing the international students to stay and work in Scotland, Apart from improving the economic activity by working in Scotland , they will also pay tax, which will help the retired or unemployed nationals of the UK. This initiative will also help the students to improve their lives by working in an international city. I will conclude by saying that this this new post study work visa will be equally beneficial for the international students as well as UK Nationals.

Kt 15/12/2015

Brilliant idea. This scheme being discontinued after I'd been on it, wreaked havoc in my life because I went through hell with the complicated visa rules when trying to switch to a different category (usual). I hope this time it's here to stay and the graduates who choose it don't have it discontinued out the blues like they did before.

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