UK Visa For Indians

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?
    • 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
  12. Is there an option to expedite visa application process?
  13. 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.

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

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

  18. How do I contact the UK Visa and Immigration?
  19. 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

  • UK suspends Tier 1 Investor visa

    The UK government has suspended the Tier 1 Investor visa, commonly known as ‘Golden Visa’ over fears that it would be misused by Indians and other millionaires. The visa in question here helped an individual fast-track the route to settlement in the country by investing millions in the United Kingdom. The visa was suspended from Friday midnight and would remain that way until new rules are put in place in 2019.

    It needs to be mentioned here that official figures show 76 Indian millionaires using the visa category to gain a permanent settlement in the country since 2009. Of the 76, 13 individuals had used the visa category in 2013 while 7 used it last year.

    It is noteworthy to mention here that under the scheme, a 2 million pound investment bought a visa and indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after a period of 5 years; investment of 5 million pounds cut the eligibility period to three years and a 10 million pound investment meant getting permanent settlement within two years.

    Caroline Nokes, the country’s Immigration minister said that the decision was taken to make sure that only genuine investors, who want to support UK businesses can benefit from the system.

    11 December 2018

  • Cost incurred for UK visa to rise for Indian and non-EU immigrants from December

    With plans of raising the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), the overall cost of a UK visa for Indians and non-EU citizens is expected to rise from December. The IHS is payable when students, professionals and family members apply for a visa to visit the country. As per the officials, the cost of availing the visa will go up to 400 pounds from the existing 200 pounds while students and those on a youth mobility scheme will need to pay 300 pounds per year.

    It needs to be mentioned that the IHS was introduced in 2015 in a bid to enable immigrants to access the National Health Service (NHS) during their stay in the country. Till date, IHS has raised more 600 million pounds from Indian and non-EU citizens.  

    Immigration minister Caroline Nokes while speaking on the higher IHS stated that while the government welcomes long-term migrants it believes that it is right to ask the immigrants to make a fair contribution in ensuring the long-term sustainability of NHS. As per estimated costs, NHS spends 470 pounds on average per person a year for treatment.

    22 November 2018

  • Bilateral ties between India and UK likely to sour

    Given the decision taken by the UK government of not including India in the revised list of countries eligible for easier student visas can cast a shadow on the bilateral ties between the countries. The decision can also result in the UK losing out on the best of Indian talent Indians may Delhi can go ahead and engage with countries in the European Union regarding the issue of migration. It needs to be mentioned that during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country in April, he did not sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the return of illegal Indian immigrants after London refused to relax visa norms to Indians.

    Karan Bilimoria, the founding chairman of the UK Council for International Students has expressed shock at the recent development of excluding India from the list of countries whose students would benefit from a streamlined British visa process. Terming the move as ‘short-sighted’, he urged the government to reintroduce the two-year post-study work visa which will enable international students to work and earn in the country so that they can pay for their education as well as gain experience.

    26 June 2018

  • India excluded from the list of countries deemed as ‘low risk’ by UK

    The United Kingdom has not included India in the list of countries that have been deemed ‘low risk’ by the government. The countries that were already included in the ‘low risk’ were US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. New entrants to the list include China, Bahrain, Indonesia, Mexico, Maldives, Macau, Kuwait, Thailand and Serbia. The UK government has relaxed visa rules for students of countries that have been included in the ‘low risk’ list.

    The benefits enjoyed by the students of countries included in the ‘low risk’ list will be put into effect by the UK government from July 6 onwards. Students of the ‘low risk’ countries as deemed by the United Kingdom foreign department will not have to provide any financial, educational or English skill requirements proof. It does not get any easier for Indian students who will have to pass through stringent security and document verification before getting a student visa to study in the UK.

    Head of UK council for international student affairs, Lord Bilimoria said that the UK government’s non-inclusion of India in ‘low risk’ list is a setback for Indian students aspiring to study in the UK. He even described the UK government’s actions as an insult to India. However, the UK government has defended its decision to not include India in the list by saying that after China and the US, Indian students are the biggest beneficiaries of the UK student visa.

    19 June 2018

  • UK home secretary’s immigration rethink welcomed

    The announcement made by the new UK home secretary Sajid Javid regarding a rethink on the key aspects of Britain’s immigration policy has been welcomed by the country’s university bodies, the Indian industry among others. It needs to be mentioned that the country is planning on making some changes to its policy which is likely to have an impact on foreign students and Tier 2 visa holders.

    A spokesperson for Universities UK stated that removing students from the net migration target would be a positive policy change. Dr. Hollie Chandler, a senior policy analyst at Russell Group while supporting the announcement said that international students bring in new ideas and ensure that there is a diverse, dynamic learning environment.

    Dr. Ramesh Mehta, who is the president of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin while terming the proposed change of putting a cap on doctors as ‘ridiculous’, urged the policymakers to remove healthcare workers in the country from the tier 2 visa category.

    12 June 2018

  • Indian Migrants Appeal for Restoration of Work Rights Pending Visa Review

    A number of highly-skilled professionals are urging the UK Home Office to restore work and healthcare access rights to those whose visa applications are being reviewed. The review was announced after a number of Tier 1 (General) visa holders had their residency rights revoked due to minor corrections in their tax returns.

    Under current law, reviews of such visa applications result in the suspension of access to public healthcare and work rights.

    Close to 1,000 highly skilled professionals have been affected by this policy, with the majority being form India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    7 June 2018

  • Indian doctors receive support from UK public for visas

    A survey conducted by UK based campaign group ‘38 Degrees’ has revealed that the UK public are in favor of more visas being granted to Indian doctors due to the ongoing medical crisis going on in the country. 71% of the people who voted in the survey wanted the government to decide for visa access depending on the requirements rather than following the current policy of granting visa access to NHS workers based on monthly cap.

    Only 20,700 tier 2 visas are granted to companies to bring in highly skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU) every year by the British government which means the monthly count is 1,600. This cap means that despite the shortage of doctors faced by the medical community in Britain, the monthly cap does not allow the NHS to recruit adequate doctors from India. According to the experts, the cap in bringing workers from outside the EU could have serious effects on the British economy’s development. The Home Office however does not agree with this stance and as per them the cap will enforce the recruiters to first look for skilled professionals in Britain first which would increase employment in the country.

    31 May 2018

  • Skilled workers from India hit hard by UK immigration cap

    As per data released recently, as many as 6,080 skilled workers from India that also comprised engineers, IT professionals, doctors and teachers holding a UK job offer were denied visas to the UK since December 2017. This indicates that skilled workers from the country are most likely to be the hardest hit given the introduction of UK’s annual visa cap. The data was acquired by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) via a Freedom of Information (FOI) to the UK Home Office.

    Of the 6,080 visa refusals under the Tier 2 category, 3050 skilled workers were for engineering, IT, technology, teaching and medical roles. It needs to be mentioned that companies are given a cap of 20,700 per year to bring in professionals from outside the EU under the Tier 2 visa category, with a monthly limit of around 1,600. It is noteworthy that as per UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures, Indians are granted the largest chunk of skilled work visas in the country which is comprised of 57%.

    21 May 2018

  • India-UK bilateral agreement on returning immigrants facing fresh hurdles

    As per a newspaper report, the bilateral agreement between India and the United Kingdom on returning illegal immigrants has hit fresh hurdles. This comes after the agreement was put off when prime minister visited London in April this year. The report while quoting an Indian official has stated that issues like consent clause, fear of large-scale deportation and security concerns needs to be addressed first before the signing of the agreement takes place.

    The consent clause seems to be the bone of contention as both the countries are not being able to reach a common ground. While the Indian government is pushing for it, the UK government is not very keen as that would need them to make an exemption with regard to an undocumented individual staying in their country.

    It needs to be mentioned that the number of illegal immigrants from India who are residing in the United Kingdom is estimated to be between 75,000 to one lakh. The report published in a leading daily highlighted that around 5,000 Indians had voluntarily returned while nearly 700 were deported in 2017.

    16 May 2018

  • Residents of Pune and Bengaluru can get super priority visa to UK in 24 hours starting May 1

    With the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) announcing that it is extending its Super Priority Visa (SPV) service to Pune and Bengaluru from May 1, the residents of these places can avail their visas within 24 hours. UK’s Immigration minister Caroline Nokes, who informed of the development stated that the move was aimed at supporting UK-India technology partnership, which involves setting up ‘tech clusters’ in the above mentioned cities. With the addition of Pune and Bengaluru, the total number of locations in the country from where SPV service can be used has jumped to five. It needs to be mentioned that the optional service of SPV is for those who need to travel to UK immediately. The service was first introduced in the year of 2013 by making it available at Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.

    26 April 2018

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