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UK student visa - What next for Indian students

To ensure quality in immigration standards, the UK border agency has appointed university representatives to test high standards of English proficiency from the students

Antony Chacko

In the recent past, strict visa regulations and policies were implemented to prevent the illegal entry of some students into the country and restrict the easy access they had to work visas.

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Thousands of Indian students apply to The UK universities every year. However, there has been a 62% drop in student visas in the first quarter of 2012.In the recent past such strict policies have been imposed to control post work visas and root out “bogus students” from abusing the system. To ensure quality in immigration standards, the UK border agency has appointed university representatives to test high standards of English proficiency from the students.

Recent changes in the policies have left Indian students and non EU students in a limbo. The London Metropolitan University being in the top 10universities in England for international students and with offices in Chennai and New Delhi is in a state of suspending its license to admit Indian and non EU.

A university spokesperson on Tuesday said that it they are expecting a positive answer in favor of the students. A UK border agency spokesperson added that the universities have to meet immigration standards and take them seriously.

The London Metropolitan University has set up a hotline +44 (0) 20 7133 4141 to help students around the globe with this uncertain situation. Shocking news about this situation is that the university is not accepting fee from Indian students and other non EU students who are expected to arrive next month for the next academic year.

If this policy is in effect from next week, not only will the future students be denied of their admission but it will also affect those who are already pursuing their course in the university. This means there are chances of losing the right to stay in the UK without completing their course.

This could be extremely devastating news for the Indian and non EU students if the UK border agency decides to withdraw the licence from this university. The final decision is expected sometime next week.

Sources

http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/international/international-students.cfm

http://chronicle.com/article/Britains-New-Student-Visa/126862/

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-05-24/news/31838946_1_student-visa-universities-uk-international-students

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

Image: ukvisaandimmigration.co.uk

 

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