India-UK Tech Summit to be Background for Visa Debate
During the India-UK Tech Summit, the recent changes to UK visas such as the end of the Tier 1 post-study visa for foreign graduates and Tier 2 amendments which have hit students and business people from India hard were talked about.
India is looking at visa amendments in the India-UK Tech Summit to discuss with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May during her visit to India, due to start today. The number of students from India choosing to study in the UK has halved in the last 5 years, from 40,000 to 20,000 due in the main to the scrapping of the popular post-study visa. Another point will be where graduates from overseas could stay on in the UK for 2 years after the study. This move, to be discussed in the India-UK Tech Summit, has also been unpopular with British universities as foreign students generally pay more for their studies than UK students. The Scottish Government recently proposed that the Tier 1 visa be reintroduced but Theresa May rejected.
India-UK Tech Summit and issues therein
The visa rules spoken about in the India-UK Tech Summit have also hit other demographics such as the UK curry house industry, where owners of Indian restaurants are now finding themselves able to hire qualified curry chefs from India and are struggling to fill the posts with the local population as people are unwilling to train and work anti-social hours. This trip to India is Theresa May’s first official trip outside of the EU and shows the UK’s desire to strike up trade agreements after Brexit. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and May are due to inaugurate the India-UK Tech Summit tomorrow, and there is a meeting planned between Nirmala Sitharaman, the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry with the UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox at the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) in the India-UK Tech Summit , where amendments to the visa will be discussed to allow for Indian IT workers to be able to work in the UK without difficulties. If there is to be a viable trade between the two countries then concessions need to be made to allow trade to function properly which will be the point of discussion in the India-UK Tech Summit.