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Foreign students ditch dream of work in the UK

Government red tape is severely restricting job options for international graduates in the U.K.

International students are abandoning their dreams of working in the U.K. as the British government's stringent immigration policies restrict their ability to find jobs.

Since mid-2012, harsh visa rules have slashed the number of foreign students who are able to secure jobs after graduation, down by roughly 88% from 2012 to 2013.

Previously, students could take two years to find a job after graduation, but current rules give them just four months. Consequently, only a few thousand international grads are able to secure jobs each year, compared to tens of thousands in earlier years.

And now, new policies under consideration could tighten the screws even further by setting higher minimum salaries for international graduates seeking new jobs. These rules are specifically aimed to restrict students from outside the European Union.

"They're trying to cut every connection and every possibility for [an international] student here to go and work," said Josephine Goube, a London-based spokeswoman at Migreat, a website that provides immigration advice.

Neil Carberry, a director at the Confederation of British Industry, says government restrictions on foreign students have gone "too far." He argues that it's important to keep skilled foreign workers in the country.