03 February 2010

Indian officials commence talks on UK visa suspension with British High Commission

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The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has been in talks with the British High Commission in Delhi over the UK Tier 4 Student Visa program suspension earlier this week.

UK Tier 4 Student Visa

Indian and UK immigration officals have been in discussion over the suspension of Tier 4 applications from India.

UK immigration suspended the Tier 4 program in northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh due to a sharp rise in applications, many suspected of being bogus.

In northern India, applications for a Tier 4 Student Visa has been suspended from UK Visa processing centres in New Delhi, Chandigarh and Jalandhar until further notice.

According to the British High Commission, 1800 Tier 4 applications were received at the three centres between October and December 2008, but around 13,500 applications in the same period of 2009. It is believed many of these applications are bogus and an attempt to abuse the system to gain easy entry into the UK.

As a result, UK immigration authorities have suspension applications from northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh so the Border Agency could scrutinise all Tier 4 applications carefully.

The NetIndian News Network reported that Indian Ministry of External Affairs was also trying to ensure that genuine students planning to study in the UK were not adversely impacted.

"Educational cooperation between India and UK is an important facet of our bilateral relationship. Student exchanges form a vital component of this cooperation. We would remain in touch with the British High Commission on this matter," the spokesperson said.


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