The Times reports that proposals by Suella Braverman to reduce the time foreign students can stay in the UK after finishing their course is to be “strongly opposed” by the Department for Education. Under plans by the home secretary, the graduate visa route, which at present allows international students to remain in the UK without any requirement to get a job for up to two years, would be reduced to six months. Students would have to obtain a work visa by getting a skilled job or leave the UK. However, The Times reveals that the DfE has attempted to block the changes as they would harm the UK’s attractiveness to international students. The DfE argues that the two-year graduate visa was aligned with most of Britain’s main competitors, with only the US offering a one-year visa. It added that Britain’s university sector was a major export and helped subsidise university funding.