Post-study visa of UK discontinued, major setback for Indian students

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April 6, 2012 | NEWS | Post by: admin

Friday, April 6, 2012 – 18:30

LONDON: The new regulation of UK government barring the overseas students who go to the country for higher studies to stay on work after completion of education comes into effect on Friday.

The number of applications from India for the university courses in the country for September 2012 has already plunged while the new development will lead to more decrease.As per the earlier rules, overseas students could apply for employment for at least two years on payment of a visa fee of £500. The rule has been discontinued in order  to reduce foreign workers as the country is facing high unemployment.

As per the British ministry, many other options are still available. There is option under tier two for the skilled workers sponsored by a UK employer. Another option is “graduate entrepreneur scheme” for anyone with a “good business plan” was another avenue.

Earlier, under tier one(post-study work) visa, Indian students especially Punjabis were able to work for two years in UK after finishing their study. It is being speculated that such a rule has been annulled in order to block bogus students from entering UK.  Moreover, it will also bar dubious colleges from admitting foreign students. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said he would seek details of the UK government’s decision.

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