UK's cold reaction to London Mayor's proposal for specific student visa for Indians

November 19, 2015
The UK government is not likely to consider the London Mayor Boris Johnson proposal of new visa for the students from India that would have allowed the students to stay and work for the period of two years after completing their courses. This rule was popular among the Indians as it was closed in the year 2012.

UK’s cold reaction to London Mayor’s proposal for specific student visa for Indians

The proposal was made by Johnson on Tuesday, at a meeting with the leaders of various universities, but according to the sources from Home Office, it is not likely that will be considered, as the government is strictly focusing on minimizing the immigration and the existing rules for the students to work.

When asked about the response on the proposal from Johnson, the spokesperson from the Home Office told that the UK government would go on to pursue the changes that deal with the abuse while attracting the best and the brightest to the world class universities of the UK.

A large amount concern was expressed by the leaders of the universities and stakeholders at the declining number of students from India who come to visit Britain since the year 2012. Indian PM also raised the issue during his current visit to the UK.

The officials from the Universities told that they had noted the proposal from Johnson but will not take it seriously unless it came from the Home Office.

The post-study work visa which was closed in the year 2012 is believed to be the main reason behind the decline of Indian students who came to Britain. And according to the latest reports, there has been important increase in the number of students going to Australia, Canada, and the US.

The Home Office spokesperson told that UK welcomes students from India who seek to pursue education at some of the world’s leading institutions of the UK. There is no limit on the number of graduates who wish to reside and work in the UK in the graduate jobs after completion of their degrees.

The spokesperson further told that UK has been issuing additional visa to the Indian students than any other nation except the US and China. The steps taken since the year 2010 for crackdown on the fraud colleges means that around 90% students from India are now pursuing education in the world leading universities of the UK rather than additional education colleges or other institutions for higher education when compared to 50% in the year 2010.

According to the Home Office, it is working with the High Commission of India to dismiss the misunderstanding about the visa system for students.

While there is a decline in students from India, there was a period of rise in student arrivals in the UK as the visas for the students from India was doubled during the year 2008-09.

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