The government is due to announce that international students are to be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university.

This is a departure from the current restrictive immigration policy, which allows graduates to look for work for only four months following completion of their studies.

From next year, all international graduates could qualify for a two-year period to work in the UK, increasing their chances of finding long-term employment after studying.

Under the new policy, the visas would have no cap on numbers and would allow graduates to apply for jobs regardless of the subject they studied.

The government has said that part of the aim behind this proposal is to recruit talented graduates in STEM disciplines.