The Times Higher Education report:

A visa scheme set up to mitigate the loss of the post-study work route for international students granted just 119 work permits in its first year, Times Higher Education can reveal.

The graduate entrepreneur visa for international students with “world-class and innovative” business ideas was launched in April 2012.

It was brought in as the popular Tier 1 post-study work visa, which allowed non-European Union students to work for two years after graduation, was axed – a change that has been credited with causing a huge drop in demand for UK courses from students in some countries, especially India.

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