April 5th, 2012
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Anti-immigration drive: UK closes post-study visa

study-in-UKLondon: Indian students will not be permitted to work in UK after completing their course. Under the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route, Indian and other non-EU students were able to take up work for two years here after the completion of their university courses. This facility will be closed from tomorrow. This policy is part of David Cameron’s effort to cut migration. This facility was popular among self-financing Indian students who sought to recover some of the expenses of studying here by working for two years.

The facility also enabled them to gain work experience in the UK which bolstered their prospects in India. International students will be able to apply for leave to remain in the UK under other immigration routes if they meet the criteria, but most such students are unlikely to meet the higher income level and other criteria. This policy has been receiving considerable flak from Universities in UK and the British Council as they fear it will have adverse effects.

International students are estimated to contribute over 14 billion pounds annually to the UK economy. Immigration minister Damian Green said, “The government has been clear that the UK is open for business and our limit has been designed with the industry’s needs in mind. We believe there is no incompatibility between economic growth and controlling migration –our reformed, more selective immigration system can achieve both.”


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