Talent scheme extends graduates’ UK stay

The UK government will add 1,000 places to its Exceptional Talent programme, specifically for MBA graduates to start their own businesses, writes Charlotte Clarke

British business schools argue that students have been put off studying for an MBA in the UK in recent years by a tightening of immigration rules that limit their stay after they graduate.

Now the UK government has announced that from April 2013 it will add a further 1,000 places to its Exceptional Talent scheme, specifically for MBA graduates to stay in Britain to start their own businesses. The scheme will double in size from the current 1,000 work visas for graduates from various disciplines, including MBA alumni.

“We have always been clear that we want Britain to attract the brightest and best talent from around the world,” says Theresa May, the home secretary.

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