Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:16

SNP VICTORY AFTER SCREECHING TORY U-TURN ON POST-STUDY WORK VISA

MP SAYS "DEVIL IN THE DETAIL" AS UK GOVERNMENT CAVES TO PRESSURE

The SNP has scored a victory after years of campaigning has resulted in a screeching Tory u-turn on the scrapping of the post-study work visa. 

Stuart McDonald MP said the move was "long-overdue" and underlined the "absurdity of this shambolic Tory government and their harmful and erratic hostile environment policies."

Alongside the Scottish Government, the SNP Immigration spokesperson has been pressing for the reintroduction of the visa since it was scrapped in 2012 by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition.

The SNP cautioned "the devil will be in the detail" as to whether the so-called 'Graduate Route' would be a full replacement for the visa, and whether it will meet Scotland's specific needs.

Commenting, Stuart McDonald MP said:

"This screeching Tory u-turn is a huge victory for the SNP, Scottish Government and Scotland's education sector. We have been campaigning hard for the reintroduction of the post-study work visa ever since the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government's damaging decision to scrap it in 2012. 

"This long-overdue move underlines the absurdity of this shambolic Tory government, and their harmful and erratic hostile environment policies. The devil will be in the detail as to whether this proposal is a full replacement and meets Scotland's specific needs. 

"Having now accepted the decision to scrap the post-study visa was wrong - the Tories and Lib Dems should apologise for the damage they have caused by deterring international students from coming to live, work and contribute to Scotland.

"Westminster has consistently failed Scotland when it comes to immigration policy. It is clearer than ever that the only way to properly protect Scotland's interests - and build an immigration system that truly meets Scotland's needs - is to become an independent country."


"The UK-wide post-study visa scheme was scrapped in 2012. Since then, the SNP has campaigned for its return." - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37811214

SNP: let us reintroduce post-study work visas - https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/snp-let-us-reintroduce-post-study-work-visas/2016355.article  

UK government rejects student visa calls - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37792997

Post-study work visas are dead, declares London https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/post-study-work-visas-are-dead-declares-london-g069b7zs9

May turns down Scotland's plea to extend student visas to four years https://www.thenational.scot/politics/17611744.may-turns-down-scotlands-plea-to-extend-student-visas-to-four-years/

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