UK Visa: Immigration Minister announces major reforms
UK has announced a slew of improvements in its visa process for Indian nationals which includes expanding the super-priority visa service to first time visitors and work visas. The announcement is part of UK Immigration Minister James Brokenshire’s five day visit to India.
Besides making improvements in the priority visa category, UK has also announced the launch of a quicker and easier online application form from March 1, 2016 which is shorter than the form on Visa4UK, with questions logically ordered based on customer feedback. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is also expanding the eligibility criteria for super-priority visas to all applicants applying for a visit or work visa. Further, the eligibility criteria for the 3 to 5 day priority visa service are also being expanded. Interestingly, the visa will be translated into some major Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil and Gujarati for easier access to the masses.
“India is one of the UK’s largest visa market and we continue to make improvements to the service here to make it as easy and straightforward as possible for our customers to apply for their visas,” said the Immigration Minister.
UK is one of the most sought after destinations for Indian nationals planning to study or work abroad. According to the British High Commission, the country saw a 17% increase in the number of visit visas issued in the previous year.
However, the country has faced some flak in the recent years due to its stringent immigration policies affecting students’ numbers travelling to the country. A 2015 report by British Council found that the UK was losing out to the US and Australia in the market share of international students. In fact, the share of Indian students in UK almost dropped to 4.5% in 2014 from its peak at 9.5% in 2010.
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