Indian students hit by UK visa curbs

February 12th, 2011 by James

Indian students hit by UK visa curbsAn industry body has said that the number of Indians coming to Britain for MBA degrees will reduce with the country’s move to abolish the visa that allows Indian and other non-EU students to take up employment in the UK for two years after the completion of their courses.

The proposed move was of ”significant concern”, and would restrict enrolment of international students from India and elsewhere, according to the London-based Association of MBAs, which accredits business management courses in 70 countries, including the UK.

From in.news.yahoo.com:

In a speech last week, immigration minister Damian Green said that non-EU students could not be allowed unfettered access to the UK labour market amidst growing unemployment in Britain.

He said: “The post study work route was intended to form a bridge between study and skilled work, allowing all international graduates to remain for two years after graduation… To allow unfettered access to the jobs market for two years to anyone with a student visa from abroad is putting an unnecessary extra strain on our own graduates”.

Noting that India and China are two of the UK”s biggest markets for international students, the association said in its response to the consultation on the student visa review that the UK must do all it can to remain competitive in the highly skilled business education sector.

“Turning students away by restricting their access to post-study employment puts their reputations at stake and threatens future viability,” it said.

The association said MBA international students bring “a high level of income for UK universities at a time when they are struggling for funding.”

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