Thursday, February 10, 2011

New curbs on non-EU students to be imposed by UK  

New restrictions are expected to be imposed by UK before visas are granted to the Indian and other non-EU students. It is being regarded as part of the Prime Minister David Cameron government's promise to lessen immigration and would also lead to reduction in visa abuse.

According to the current rules non-EU students are allowed to work for a period of two years after they complete their courses. This would be restricted now.
If there is migration of international students, it is worth 5 billion pounds to the UK economy every year.

UK’s immigration minister Damian Green in a statement said that there is an abuse of student’s visa system and now the non-EU students won’t be given permission to enter the labour market in Britain since unemployment was growing at a fast place. Allowing access to the labour market could result in putting an unnecessary strain of the graduates in their own country.  So it is likely that post study work route would be cracked soon.

He said: "The post study work route was intended to form a bridge between study and skilled work, allowing all international graduates to remain for two years after graduation. Many go into secretarial, sales, customer service and catering roles. At a time when graduate unemployment is at its highest level for seventeen years we need a more targeted approach". 

The private sector colleges were blamed for abuse of student’s visa system that did not have the necessary facilities or academic standing to offer courses. In some cases it was found that students worked at 20 different places and did not study at all. Some colleges also employed workers illegally on fake British passports.  At some other places studies altogether no regular studies took place and the students were sent on work placements.
Green also said that in June last year in New Delhi; there were forged documents of 35% of student applications that were verified by the visa section.

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