UK - Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme Delayed

A proposal to introduce a new Science and Engineering Graduates' Scheme wasannounced in the Chancellor's Budget Report on 9 April 2004.

The scheme will be aimed at encouraging non-EEA national science andengineering graduates of UK universities to pursue their careers in theUnited Kingdom.

The scheme will allow graduates of UK educational institutions with degreesin an approved subject to remain in the United Kingdom for one year aftercompleting their studies.

Participants in the scheme will be able to work and may switch into otherwork or self-employment categories at any point during their stay.

Home Office officials are currently working on the detail of the proposal.The scheme was expected to be launched this summer, but this is subject tothe further consideration of the immigration system announced by the PrimeMinister and is unlikely to be in place before summer 2005.

Further announcements will follow and the scheme will be widely publicisedprior to launch on this website.

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