UK visa curbs - Indian students look for other destinations
New rules for UK Visa
United Kingdom is now in the mode of putting forth stringent visa rules for students. Previously such attempts were made by the governments of Australia and United States of America. The attempt is to put a stop to small colleges mushrooming up in UK. Also the effort is to secure the borders.
The British government supports this move by saying that it would make the entire process simpler. It seems to be causing discomfort to Indian Students and Education Consultants. About thousands of students are seen to by flying to UK for their higher studies. All those who aspire to be in UK for their higher studies seem to be having a sleepless night.
Talks are on between High Commission of India and UK. Dan Chug, First Secretary, Press and Communications at the British High Commission in New Delhi have been assuring his Indian counterpart that the genuine cases need not worry at all. He suggests that they only need to follow the guidance provided by the visa officers.
There would be a point based assessment wherein an applicant needs to score a total of 40 points. The education provider in UK issues a Visa Letter which is equivalent to 30 points. Another 10 points are an evidence of the candidate having enough money to study there.
After one clears the test there is nothing to stop a student from studying at UK. The above mentioned documents open the gateway for higher studies in UK. These two documents contain all the details about the student both in India and the other country.
The issuing Institution should be approved by UK Border Agency. At regular intervals they have to ensure that the students are attending classes regularly. Also if a student wishes to change his Institution then he will to apply for a fresh Visa.
The Indian experts opine that this whole process is more transparent and reliable. They say that this would curb the growth of mushrooming Institutions in UK. The Education Institution will also have to take complete responsibility of the student visiting them.
In spite of assurances from the British High Commission and acceptance from Indian Counterparts there is a fear in the minds of Indian Students. Hence they prefer Australia due to easy availability of Permanent Residence Process. Probably they want to settle down in the same country where they get their higher education from.