Foreign Minister Ahmad said the recent changes in student visas will not affect Indian students. The UK wants more students from India. Changes in visas are solely aim for post-grad students from India. The main goal is to stop illegal immigration and bring down the annual net immigration in the UK.
UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman explains international students are not eligible to bring their family members as dependents. Only students pursuing graduation and research programs have the leverage to do so. Braverman also mention these steps initiated to stop the unethical education agents “who may be supporting inappropriate applications to sell immigration and not education”.
The changes in visa rules are a part of Rishi Sunak’s government measures to decrease the rate of annual net migration. This will also lead to a decrease in the rate of people using student visas as a backdoor route to find a job in the UK.
International students are eligible to bring their family members, friends and elderly people as dependents only when they are on postgraduate courses designate for research programmes. These are one of the ways to curb migration as per immigration services.
Ahmad is set to meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and senior officials of the External Affairs Ministry. The meeting conducted to discuss collaboration between nations in the areas of science and technology.
Ahmad is also planning to visit Hyderabad to deep dive into innovations in startups. His visit to India is a positive sign after the pro-Khalistan protests outside the Indian embassy this year.