Students indignant as the UK excludes India from relaxed study visa rules | News from India

LONDON: Indian students are outraged that the UK's relaxing study visa rules apply to students in China and 25 other countries, but not to them.

In changes to its immigration policy presented in parliament on Friday, the UK Ministry of the Interior announced a relaxation of the Level 4 visa category for foreign students from 26 countries considered "low risk". Other countries added to the list include Thailand and Mexico, none of which, unlike India, is in the Commonwealth. A spokesperson from the central office confirmed to TOI that "India is not on the list". The changes, which will come into effect on July 6, are intended to make it easier for international students to study in the UK by making the controls on the requirements of educational, financial and English language skills less rigorous.

Lord Karan Bilimoria, president of the Council of the United Kingdom for International Student Affairs, described the change as "another kick in the teeth for India."

The National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU) responded by saying that they would write to the Secretary of the Interior, Sajid Javid, requesting a meeting. "This is another blow for Indian students." It reinforces the message of hostility that this government has been sending over the past six years, "said Sanam Arora, founder and president of NISAU.

Although the popular post-work study visa was canceled in 2012, the number of Chinese students arriving in the United Kingdom has increased, Arora said, while the number of Indian students has decreased by 60% . "The UK government has always favored Chinese students because they are rich and come back after their studies, they have more job opportunities in China, the Indians come here because they want to get international work experience," he said.

Shrimoyee Chakraborty, 28, came to the United Kingdom from Mumbai in 2010 with a level 4 student visa to complete an MSC in global business badysis at the University of Manchester. "It was difficult to apply for the Tier-4 visa, there is a lot of paperwork, it's ridiculous that India is not on the list because many Indians pay four or five times the rate that a UK citizen does," he said, adding that India in the Commonwealth should have been on the list.

Nishanth Kilim, 28, spent £ 40,000 to come to the UK from Andhra Pradesh in 2014. "The United Kingdom, for a long time, has given preferential treatment to China and other Asian countries," he said.

The 26 countries that will benefit from the simplified level 4 visa process are Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives . , Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, UAE and USA. UU


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