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  • UK Visa

    The citizens from other countries who wish to visit the UK for study, work, business, tourism or to join a family member or partner/friend can apply for the UK Visa through the online portal. Depending on the type of the visa, the applicant will be required to fill in a specific type of visa application form in English, pay the visa fee online, print a copy of the completed application form, and book the appointment for submitting the documents and biometric details. The online facility allows the applicant to save the application’s progress and continue at a later stage.

    Applying for the UK visa with an Indian Passport

    The Indian passport holders can visit the official website - https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/uk-visit-visa to initiate the online application process. The applicant can choose from 19 other languages apart from English to carry out the application process. Once the language selection has been made, the applicant will need to indicate the particular type of UK visa he/she is applying for. The website allows the applicants to proceed with one of the following types of UK Visas:

    Types of UK Visas

    ·         Standard Visitor Visa

    ·         Marriage Visitor Visa

    ·         Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

    ·         Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

    ·         Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa

    ·         Tier 4 (Chevening, Marshall and Commonwealth scholars) Student Visa

    ·         Tier 2 (General) Visa

    ·         Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa

    ·         Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa

    ·         Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Visa - Long-term Staff

    ·         Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Visa - Graduate Trainee

    ·         Short-term Student Visa

    ·         PBS Dependant - Partner Visa

    ·         PBS Dependant - Child Visa

    ·         Other visas, including study, work and Parent of a Tier 4 Child

    For an applicant who is travelling for the first time, the options may seem overwhelming, however, the official website enables the applicant to determine the exact type of visa that he/she should be applying. The website prompts the applicant to choose one of the following reasons for visiting the UK:

    ·         Tourism, including visiting friends or family

    ·         Work, academic visit or business

    ·         Study

    ·         Transit

    ·         Join partner or family for a long stay

    ·         Stay with the child, if they’re at school

    ·         To get private medical treatment

    ·         Get married or enter into a civil partnership

    ·         For official diplomatic or government business (including transit through the UK)

    List of UK Visa Application Centers in India

    VFS Global manages the visa application centres in India. UK Visa applicants are required to contact one of these branches (whichever is closer) to apply for the visa by filling in the application form and providing the required documents along with the biometric details.

    Following are the address details of the visa application centres along with their working hours:

    North India
    Delhi Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kadak Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 10:00 – 18:00
    Gurgaon Premium Lounge ILD Trade Centre, Fourth Floor, Sector 47, Sohna Road Gurgaon - 122001
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 - 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 09:00 – 16:00
    Chandigarh SCO 62 63, Sector 8 C, near Hotel Icon and Times of India office Madhya Marg, Chandigarh 160018
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 14:00
    West India
    Mumbai South Express Tower, Fourth Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 02
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 11:00 – 18:00
    Mumbai North Express Tower, Fourth Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 11:00 – 18:00
    Pune 4th Floor, E core, Marvel edge, Viman Nagar, Pune - 411014
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 09:00 – 15:00
    South India
    Chennai Fagun Towers, Second Floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 15:00
    Bangalore Global Tech Park, O’Shaughnessy Road, Langford Town First Floor (Landmark Hockey Ground) Bengaluru Karnataka 560025
      Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 15:00
    Hyderabad 8-2-700 3rd Floor, Srida Anushka Pride Opposite to Ratnadeep Super Market, Banjara Hills, Road No 12, Hyderabad 500034
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 15:00
    Cochin S&T Arcade, Kurisupally Road, Ravipuram, Cochin – 682016
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 15:00
    East India
    Kolkata UK Visa application centre, Fifth floor, RENE tower, Plot No. AA-I, 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba, Kolkata 700107
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 10:00 – 16:00
    Thiruvananthapuram T.C 2/2408-3 First floor, Asiatic Business Centre, Attinkuzhy, Kazhakootam, Trivandrum, Kerala 695581.
    Operates once a month
    Goa Visa application centre, Gera Imperium - I, Office No 301, 3rd Floor, Patto, Panjim, Goa – 403001
    Second Wednesday of each month between 09:00 to 17:30 (closed on public holidays)
    Jalandhar Lower, Ground Floor, MIDAS Corporate Park, Plot No. 37, G.T. Road, opposite Jalandhar Bus Stand, Jalandhar - 144001
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 14:00
    Jaipur Manglam Ambition Tower, 1st Floor Agrasen Circle (Malan Ka Chauraha), Subhash Marg C Scheme, Jaipur- 302001
    Tuesday and Thursday only:  09:00 – 15:00
    Lucknow Golden Tulip, 6 Station Road, Lucknow – 226001
    Working hours: 09:30 - 17:00

    Few of the visa application centres operate under the user pay scheme where the applicant is required to pay a certain fee to take advantage of the convenient visa services. However, an applicant can choose to travel to the nearest free to use visa application centre to avoid the fee involved in utilizing the user pay visa application centres.

    Apply for UK Visa

    In order to apply for UK visa, the applicants are required to complete the online application form on www.gov.uk. Once the form is submitted successfully and the visa fee is paid, the applicant will be required to schedule the visa appointment where he/she is required to carry the specified documents and provide biometric details.

    Documents required for the UK Visa application

    The following documents are required for the UK Visa application:

    ·         Visa appointment confirmation

    ·         Visa fee receipt

    ·         User pay visa application centre service fee receipt (if applicable)

    ·         Valid passport or any other travel document

    ·         One passport size photograph as per the specified guidelines

    ·         Print copy of the online application form with the applicant’s signature

    ·         Visa applications under the points-based system require furnishing the completed self-assessment form along with the applicant's signature

    ·         Other specific documents based on the type of the visa

    Visa Appointment Guidelines

    The following guidelines are applicable to the UK Visa applicants:

    ·         Mobile phones are allowed in the Visa Application Centre (VAC), however, it must be kept in silent mode and should be switched on while entering the VAC.

    ·         The applicant can carry only one cabin bag to the VAC which should not more than 45 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm (18” x 12” x 8”) in dimensions.

    ·         Applicants are advised not to bring any of the following items to the VAC due to security reasons-

    1.       Any kind of sealed package

    2.       Battery operated devices such as music players, tablets, and storage devices such as pen drive, HDD, etc.

    3.       Any kind of weapon

    4.       Inflammable items such as lighters, fuel, etc.

    5.       Sharp objects such as knives, scissors, etc.

    6.       Other items based on the latest security policies

    ·         The website will automatically sign-off the applicant if he/she is inactive for over 25 minutes

    ·         Applicants are required to carry the original and a photocopy of all the specified documents

    ·         The documents submitted for the visa application must be in English, however, in case any of the document is not in English, the applicant will be required to furnish the certified translation of the documents.

    UK Visa Fees

    Standard Visitor
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple   entry) 8,010  
    Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 30,330
    Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 55,080
    Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 69,030
    Short-term study
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Short-term study (up to 6 months) 8,370
    Short-term study - To study the English Language 16,110
    Business visitors
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Business visitor – academic visitor (up to 12   months) and dependant 16,110
    Business visitor – clinical attachments, dental   observation and PLAB/OSCE test 8,370
    Diplomatic courier 8,010
    Permitted Paid Engagements 8,010
    Prospective Entrepreneur 8,010
    Special visitors - marriage or civil  partnership
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Marriage or civil partnership 8,010
    Special visitors - parents of children at  school
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Parent of a child at school (up to 12 months) 44,640
    Special visitors - child visitors
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple  entry) 8,010
    Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 30,330
    Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 55,080
    Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 69,030
    Diplomatic/Official Visitor
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Diplomatic Passport Holder Free of charge
    Official Invitation by UK Government Free of charge
    Course F visitors
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Course F (main applicant and dependants) 44,640
    Visitors in transit
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Visitor in transit 5,580
    Other student visas
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Chevening Scholarship or Fellowship Free of charge
    British Marshall Scholarship Free of charge
    Fulbright Scholarship Free of charge
    Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan Free of charge
    Business visitors
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Business visitor – academic visitor (up to 12  months) and dependant 16,110
    Business visitor – clinical attachments, dental  observation and PLAB/OSCE test 8,370
    Diplomatic courier 8,010
    Permitted Paid Engagements 8,010
    Prospective Entrepreneur 8,010
    Diplomatic/Official Visitor
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Diplomatic Passport Holder Free of charge
    Official Invitation by UK Government Free of charge
    Points-based system, Tier 1
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Tier 1 investor - main applicant 1,40,490
    Tier 1 entrepreneur - main applicant 88,380
    Tier 1 exceptional talent part one: endorsement  by a competent body application - main applicant 26,280
    Tier 1 exceptional talent part two: entry  clearance application - main applicant 26,370
    Tier 1 exceptional talent where no approval  letter is needed - main applicant 52,650
    Tier 1 exceptional talent applicant – dependants  only 52,650
    Tier 1 general and entrepreneur – dependants  only 88,380
    Tier 1 investor - dependants only 1,40,490
    Tier 1 entrepreneur CESC - main applicant only 83,430
    Tier 1 exceptional talent CESC part two: entry  clearance application - main applicant only 21,420
    Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur 31,410
    Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur CESC - main  applicant only 26,460
    Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur - dependants 31,410
    Tier 1 Post Study applicant - dependants 52,290
    Points-based system, Tier 2
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Tier 2 General, ICT Long-term staff, sport and  MoR sponsored for up to three years: applicant and dependants 52,830
    Tier 2 General, ICT Long-term staff, sport and   MoR sponsored for three years or less: main applicant: CESC 47,880
    Tier 2 ICT short-term staff, graduate trainee  and skills transfer: applicant and dependants 41,670
    Tier 2: ICT short-term staff, graduate trainee  and skills transfer: main applicant: CESC 36,720
    Tier 2 General shortage occupation sponsored for  up to three years: applicant and dependants 40,140
    Tier 2 General shortage occupation sponsored for  up to three years: main applicant: CESC 35,190
    Tier 2 General, ICT Long-term staff sponsored  for over three years: applicant and dependants 10,5660
    Tier 2 General, ICT Long-term staff sponsored  for over three years: main applicant: CESC 1,00,710
    Tier 2 General, shortage occupation sponsored  for over three years: applicant and dependants 80,280
    Tier 2 General, shortage occupation sponsored  for more than three years: main applicant: CESC 75,330
    Points-based system, Tier 4
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Student applicant and dependants (see student  visa page for full definition) 30,150
    Points-based system, Tier 5
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Tier 5 applicant (temporary worker) - main   applicant and dependants 21,150
    Tier 5 applicant (temporary worker) CESC - main   applicant only 16,200
    Tier 5 applicant (youth mobility scheme) - main   applicant only 21,150
    Other work categories
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Overseas domestic worker in a private household 44,640
    UK ancestry 44,640
    Fisherman operating inside UK waters 44,640
    Offshore worker 44,640
    Representative of overseas business and  dependants 52,830
    Sheep Shearer 44,640
    Van der Elst Free of charge
    Swiss posted worker Free of charge
    Turkish businessperson and dependants Free of charge

    UK Visa Processing Time

    The visa processing time depends on various factors and may change based on the visa type. The following table provides the approximate processing time for each type of UK Visa:

    Bangalore Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 10 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 30 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Chandigarh Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 30 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Chennai Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 10 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 30 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 60 days
    EEA Family Permits 30 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Cochin Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 10 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Goa Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Gurgaon Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 10 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Hyderabad Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 10 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 30 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 60 days
    Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Jaipur Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 2 15 days
    Jalandhar Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 90 days
    Other Non-Settlement 30 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Kolkata Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 2 30 days
    PBS Tier 4 30 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Mumbai Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 90 days
    Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    New Delhi Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 60 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 120 days
    Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Pune Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days

    UK Visa Status

    Once the visa application is submitted, the applicant can choose to receive the document by post or visit the VAC to collect the documents in person. While filling in the visa application form, the applicant can provide his/her valid mobile number and/or email ID to receive notifications pertaining to the visa application.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What is VFS Global?
    2. VFS Global is the concerning authority for managing UK Visa and Immigration applications. VFS Global manages visa and passport application-related administrative and non-discretionary duty for the governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.

    3. How to pay the UK Visa fee?
    4. While going through the online application process, the applicant will get an option to pay the visa fee. VFS Global does not accept visa fee payment at any of the VAC (except for instances where certain nationalities are allowed to make the cash payment at one of the specified VACs).

    5. Is the visa fee refundable?
    6. The visa fee is refundable only if a written request has been submitted five days prior to the visa appointment date. Visa fee is not refundable after the biometric details or the live image is captured.

    7. What is the visa application process for a minor at VFS Global VAC?
    8. Children of all age groups are required to attend the VAC in person, however, the biometric data is not captured for children who are below the age of five. Additionally, applicants below the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by an adult who is not a member of VFS Global staff.

    9. When should I apply for the visa?
    10. An applicant can apply for the UK Visa up to three months prior to the intended travel date.

    11. What are the documents required for the visa appointment?
    12. ·         Appointment confirmation in electronic format or a physical copy

      ·         Visa fee receipt and other receipts (applicable for availing premium visa services)

      ·         Self-attested copy of the online application form

      ·         Other applicable documents based on the type of the visa

    13. Is there an option to expedite visa application process?
    14. Yes, the applicants have the option to take advantage of the Super Priority Visa Service which enables the applications to be processed on the same day. Only the VACs at New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai offer the Super Priority Visa Service. All applicants for the visitor’s visa, Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 5, and short-term study visas categories are eligible to apply for the expedite visa processing service.

    15. How do I get the visa application status?
    16. You will receive notifications through text SMS and email (if provided during the application process) that will keep you updated.

    17. How do I report a technical problem in my application?
    18. The applicant can contact the UK Visa and Immigration with details of his/her application and a description of the technical issue.

    19. How do I contact the UK Visa and Immigration?
    20. If you are contacting from outside the UK, the following methods can be utilized:

      ·         By Telephone: 00 44 203 481 1736 (Monday to Sunday - 24 hours)

      ·         By Email - Visit https://www.gov.uk/ to send an email enquiry at £5.48

    *Disclaimer

    News about UK Visa

    • New UK Visa center in Whitefield, Bangalore

      The increasing number of visa applications for the UK has resulted in the inauguration of a new UK Visa center in Whitefield, Bangalore. The Visa Application Centre (VAC) is located at Brigade IRV Centre in Nallurhalli, Whitefield. The VAC was inaugurated by UK immigration minister Brandon Lewis. The new VAC will help process more application each year and the local residents will not require traveling to another location.

      13th November 2017

    • Indians receive the majority of UK work visas

      India tops the list of countries which are receiving the work visa for the UK. With major brands opening their outlets in the UK, the global trade and investments are boosting the nation’s economy. Moreover, the UK is also witnessing an increase in the students coming from various parts of the globe. The reports also reveal that at least two-thirds of all work visas globally are issued to Indians.

      26th October 2017

    • UK to experience lesser students opting for studies

      Rudd says that the UK is the second most renowned education destination welcoming the students from each part of the globe. The country is now experiencing lesser number of students preferring to pursue higher education and more students leaving the country after studies. The recent reports indicate that as much as 7,469 Indian students even before the expiry of study visa have left the country, between April 2016 and April 2017. Only 2,209 students preferring to extend their study visas.

      Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Russian and Saudi Arabian students preferred extending their visas while the students from India, China, Thai and the North America were more likely to leave the country prior to the expiry of visas, according the data published by ONS. The number of Indian students going to the UK for university level education has a massive drop. In 2016, 9,600 visas were sanctioned to the Indian students, and in 2010 only ? of 40,500 visas were for students.

      7th September 2017

    • UK's anti-immigrations policies and Indian students

      The UK's anti-immigration policies concerning students from around the globe has impacted the number of students coming to the country. Indians, as well as students from other nations, are no longer opting for the UK to pursue their higher studies. The changes to the visa policies in order to control immigration has been negatively impacting the UK as well as India as students are now left with lesser options. While friendly immigration policies can help countries to grow, there are many countries who are considering anti-immigration policies for the development of their own nation. A recent study has revealed the importance of easy immigration to be one of the prime catalysts for the growth and development of any country. The reports have already indicated a drop in the total number of Indian students applying for a visa to the UK for their studies.

      28th August 2017

    • UK May Provide Short Term Visas for Indians

      During Prime Minister Theresa May visit to the country, India hopes reach an agreement with Britain allowing Indian businessmen, academicians and students short-term visas according to Acting High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Dinesh Patnaik. These visas will not be on the migration list. This will be Prime Minister Theresa's first bilateral visit to India and her first visit outside the continent since she has become Prime Minister. Post Brexit Britain will be looking at increasing its trade outside the continent and this move will facilitate ease of doing business with India as many students, businessmen and academicians return to the country due visa restrictions. India would like Britain to extend the visa concessions given to Chinese to Indians as well, which are, 6 months to 2 year visas at 87 Pounds. Many British companies are shifting their offices to India, in the next 3 to 4 months approximately 2,000 jobs are expected to move to India. The visa concessions will provide an ease in performing business activities with the United Kingdom.

      3rd November 2016

    • UK could further toughen visa rules for non-EU nationals

      In a move to curb its ascending immigration figures, the UK Government is examining options to toughen visa rules for non-EU nationals, including Indians.

      In the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has indicated that there has been a significant reduction in the number of non-EU students migrating to the UK for studies. The numbers have dropped to 111,000 from 134,000 in the previous year. The report also stated that there was a decline in the number of South Asian citizens migrating for work and studies to the UK. A further crackdown on visas would lead to a sharp drop in the applications submitted to UK universities.

      India has already raised concerns to the UK government over the changes in visa regulations. 57% of UK skilled work visas were granted to Indians. A further crackdown on visas will adversely impact Indian professionals the most.

      13th September 2016

    • India Voices Concern Over Changes in UK Visa Rules

      The recent changes in the UK visa rules have caused concern in India. The Indian government has addressed these concerns in discussions with their British counterparts. The visa changes were introduced in 2012 but took effect only from April 2016. According to the new rules, applicants for Tier-2 visas and Tier-2 visa holders have to be paid a minimum of- 35,000 each year.

      All non-EU immigrants in the UK will now have to ensure they earn a minimum of- 35,000 a year to qualify for settlement/indefinite leave or permanent residency within the United Kingdom.

      Visa holders who not meet the minimum income requirements can only work in the UK for 6 years, after which they will be sent back to their home country.

      The Indian government has raised concerns as many Indians would be affected by the new rule, with Indians being the largest group who apply for such visas.

      08th August, 2016

    • India might be included in Britain cheaper two year visitor visa scheme

      A new report that was recently released stated that India will be included in Britain cheaper two year visitor visa scheme in order to attract more Indians to the UK.This move is expected to strengthen close bilateral ties between the countries.'A Passage from India - Improving UK Visitor Visas for Indian Nationals' was prepared by the UK's Royal Commonwealth Society in partnership with leading aviation tourism and industry groups as well as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and was released in the British Parliament complex.

      2nd August 2016

    • Cheaper, Loner UK Visa for Indians in the Offering

      A Commonwealth body with considerable influence requested Britain to provide Indian tourists with cheaper and longer visas that are being offered to Chinese tourists by the David Cameron government.

      As per a 2 year pilot underway in China, a visa to UK that is valid for a period of 2 years is offered for-87 and for Indians, for the same price, a visa valid for 6 months is provided whereas a 2 year visa costs-330 pounds.

      As per a report presented in the House of Commons, the RCS or Royal Commonwealth Society put forth the point that Britain has been losing a lot of market share of Indian travelers with France overtaking it. Thanks to the new e-visa system, India has made it easier for Britons to obtain a visa hence the RCS believes that China pilot programme should be extended to India.

      25th July 2016

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