The perils (and eventual success) of getting a work visa in the UK

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UK visa regulations are constantly changing, and I’m hardly a specialist; however the below may be of interest to students (or others) who are interested in staying in the UK after their studies–it is the first part of my own personal story as I navigated the UK work visa system over the last several years. In a second instalment to come in the near future I will discuss in more detail the process of getting my current visa, the ‘Exceptionally Talented Migrant’ visa.

This came about as a colleague and friend, Darya Paun, recently interviewed me for the blog on her UK Career Coaching website (a link to the full post is below). I answered the questions:

1. What main obstacles did you have to go through in order to secure a work permit in the UK?

2. How did you overcome these obstacles?

3. Did you ever consider giving up and simply returning to the US?

4.  What advice would you give to international students wanting to stay in the UK after their studies and work?

5.  I know you are currently  writing an academic piece on immigration- in a nutshell, what is it about?

Read the full post on her website here.

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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