It has been reported that genuine Nepali students have been affected by the suspension of UK student visas.
03 February 2010
UK visa suspension affects genuine Nepali students
The Himalayan Times has reported that the UK Border Agency decision to suspend the UK Tier 4 student visa applications in Nepal has affected a number of genuine students.
UK immigration officials suspended Tier 4 applications from northern India, Nepal, and Bangladesh earlier this week due to an extremely steep rise in student visa applications, which the UK Border Agency believes is suspicious and needs further investigation before the program can reopen.
Salil Khadka, who recently completed his Bachelor of Business Administration from Don Bosco College told The Himalayan Times that the UK Visa suspension would further discourage students to apply for UK, particularly as many collages in the UK had been affected by the changes in collage recognition under a tightening of immigration rules.
“I have heard that recognition of over 100 colleges in UK has been suspended. This is very disheartening. The decision to suspend visas is a double blow,” he said.
“A lot of my friends are in UK. I wanted to join them under the Tier 4 package but the visa suspension has dashed all my hopes.” He plans to continue his studies in another country.
Uttam Prasad Pant, president of Educational Consultants Association of Nepal, said up to 1,500 Nepali students may be directly affected by the suspension of visa application and suspension of recognition to more than 100 colleges in the UK.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge UK immigration applications with the British High Commission.