Theresa May, Britain’s Home Secretary took tough stand and rules out any relaxation in the country’s visa system for students. While saying that the international students shall return back home as their visa expires unless and until they have a graduate job in hand.
She was speaking at the conference of Conservative Party in Manchester; she said that the students are welcomed here to study. But many of them do not return their home as their visa expires.
She said that if they are having a graduate job then it is fine, and if they don’t then they should return back home. She said yes to students and no to over-stayers and also asked the universities to make it happen.
Many personalities like Lord Swraj Paul, who is the leading industrialist and Wolverhampton University Chancellor and the Birmingham University Chancellor Lord Karan Billimoria had stressed the requirement of removal of students from the figures of immigration and reintroducing the post-study work visa.
Participating in the recent immigration bill debate in the House of Lords, Birmingham University Chancellor told that the UK Prime Minister was talking about the Britain’s participation in the global race and on the other hand the government is willing to follow the policy of immigration cap and targeting to bring down the levels of immigration to tens of thousands. He also said that we are shooting ourselves in the foot.
Indian students stood at second place after the Chinese students as the second largest group of international students in the UK with around 20,000 Indian students who went in the year of 2013-14 for pursuing higher studies in the UK.
The Indian student numbers in the STEM courses have dropped down to 50% between the year 2010 and 2012 after the UK government scrap the work permit of two-year post-study.