The Home Office has published immigration statistics showing how many students 'switched' into work categories in the UK in 2014.
More students were granted leave under Tier 2 than in 2013; 5,639 in 2014 compared with 4,174 in 2013.
5 (Government Authorised Exchange) switches for professional training
and internships have also grown in popularity; 379 in 2014 compared with
209 in 2013.
However, the statistics show a decline in popularity of the doctorate extension scheme (DES), from 433 in 2013 to 337 in 2014. 72 students were granted Tier 4 leave under DES in the first quarter of 2015.
Successful applications under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) increased from 171 in 2013 to 286 in 2014, but grants of leave under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) fell from 688 to 266.
In total, 7,043 students remained in the UK under a work category (not including DES), a slight increase on the total of 6,238 in 2013.