UK mulls on cheaper visas for Indians
The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), a non-governmental organization and think tank, has carried out a research on the number of Indians visiting the UK every year. In its report, the think tank pushes for a reduction in the cost of visas for Indians as the number of Indian tourists visiting the UK is decreasing year by year. The research revealed that the number of Indian nationals visiting the UK has gone down by 1.73 % in 2016 alone. A major factor contributing towards this trend is the rise of Indian tourists in France where the number grew by 5.3%. 6 lakh Indians visited France in 2016 which is 1.85 lakh more than the number of Indians who visited UK in the same year. In a 10 year period the share of Indian tourists visiting UK has halved which is a matter of great concern to the British government.
During a parliamentary session in Britain in 2016, the RCS presented a fact sheet named ‘Britain and India: Building a new visa partnership’ which recommended minimizing the cost of tourist visa.
14 March 2018
Indian professionals unite with the non-EU migrants to protest on UK Visa
Many Indian professionals have merged with the non-European migrants this week to fight outside the UK parliament against the hostile immigration rules set by the UK government. The “Highly Skilled Migrants” group represents about 1,000 engineers, doctors, teachers, and IT professionals from other countries out of the EU (European Union).
This is sure to bring migrants from Africa and South Asia together for one of the largest protests so far. The professionals with their families, who are primarily from Pakistan, India, Nigeria, and Bangladesh will fight against the unjustified refusals and delays from the UK Home Office linked to their visa applications.
22 February 2018
Concerns over India-UK ties in 2018
The year of 2017 has helped India and the UK to boost their bilateral ties, however, 2018 might turn out to be a challenge. Considering the post-Brexit situations, both nation might need to reconsider many of their policies pertaining to various types of trades and political stand. The concerns regarding the policies will be of prime importance in the coming year. In order to enhance security strategy, both the nations might need to amend various types of policies.
2 January 2018
UK’s pilot student visa scheme to be extended to 23 more universities
Last year, the pilot student visa was introduced in the UK with a limited number of universities in the list, however, the UK Government is planning to extend the pilot student visa scheme to additional 23 universities in the coming year. The pilot student visa allows six additional months for the students to find a job after the completion of the course. This initiative will enable the additional 23 universities to apply for pilot intake for their 2018-2019 curriculum.
22 December 2017
New UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Bangalore
The increasing number of applications under the Tier 2 Sponsorship Licenses has led to the launch of a new UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Bangalore. The new VAC has been opened in Whitefield and expected to cater to applicants with various categories of visas. The UK immigration minister Brandon Lewis has inaugurated the new VAC. One of the primary reasons for the need of a new VAC is due to the increase in tier 2 visa applications.
20 December 2017
China and India accounted for almost 50% of UK's visitor visas
Visitor visas accounted for the majority of the total visas granted by the UK to nationalities in non-European Economic Area for the financial year that ended on June 30, 2017. China and India contributed to nearly 50% of the visitors.
According to the UK's home office, almost 4.14 lakh Indians were granted visas, with a surplus of 10% to the previous financial year. Whereas the number of the visas granted to the Chinese saw a rise of 24% to 5.16 lakh. Study visas was the most common visas granted to citizens of countries belonging to non-European Economic Area.
20 September 2017
Popularity of O-1 visa for travel to the US sees a rise
The popularity of O-1 visa for US travel has been increasing at a steady rate, amidst H-1B visa issues. O-1 Visa is available in four categories, i.e., O-1A, O-1B, O-2, and O-3.
An individual will be eligible for O-1 non-immigrant visa if he/she has extraordinary ability in the fields of business, athletics, education, science, and art. Individuals who have shown a record of extraordinary achievement in the television industry and those that have received national/international accolades are also eligible for this visa.
For O-1A visa the applicant should demonstrate “extraordinary ability”, whereas for O-1B visa, “distinction” is expected. Experts are of the opinion that it is relatively easy to get the O1-B visa, as the process is less rigorous. Media recognition or acknowledgement among peers in the relevant field will make an individual eligible for this visa.
12 July 2017
Easier Short-Term UK Visas may become a reality
During Prime Minister Theresa May visit, India hopes to reach an agreement with the United Kingdom to provide Indian students, businessmen and academicians with short term visas. Acting High Commissioner to the UK Dinesh Patnaik hopes to see these developments come to light after the Prime Minister first bilateral visit to India. This will the Theresa May first diplomatic visit outside the European Union since she has been appointed Prime Minister of the UK. India has a strong trade relationship with the UK and the recent Brexit would require the UK to look outside the European Union for strong trade ties. The short term visas would facilitate an ease in business activities between the two countries as the UK is shifting a large portion of its jobs to India. In the next 3 to 4 months as many as 2,000 jobs are expected to move to India. India hopes to secure the same concessions offered to Chinese for the UK visa, which is, 6 month to 2 year visas at 87 pounds.
3 November 2016
UK Visas can now be availed from the comfort of your home
Indian residents can now avail visas for European countries from the comfort of their homes. The agency that many countries have outsourced visa issuance to, VFS Global, has now offered to send a visa submission officer as well as the equipment required to collect biometric data to your home for a cost. Individuals from all over India can make the most of the demand mobile visa service to get UK visas. Certain Schengen countries such as Denmark and Hungary have also agreed to make use of VFS and start using the system in the near future.
10 August 2016