LONDON: Indians who go to the United Kingdom for higher studies will no longer be able to stay on to work after completing their education. This new regulation, announced earlier, comes into effect on Friday.
The number of applications from India for university courses in the UK commencing in September 2012 have already dropped, and the move is likely to trigger a further fall.
The earlier regime permitted overseas students to apply for employment for at least two years on payment of a visa fee of £500.This is being discontinued to reduce foreign workers in a climate of high unemployment in Britain.
Entrepreneur graduates may still find work in UK
While overseas students can no longer work for two years in the UK after completing their education, the British home ministry said other avenues are still open.
A route under tier two - for skilled workers sponsored by a UK employer - was still available, the ministry said. It also cited that a "graduate entrepreneur scheme" for anyone with a "good business plan" was another avenue. "We want to encourage the brightest and the best," the spokesman said.
Under the tier one (post-study work) route, Indian and other non-EU students were able to take up work for two years in the UK after finishing university courses. This was fancied by self-funding Indian students as it enabled them to repay some of the loan they had taken to come to Britain. The experience also improved their job prospects in India.
Barriers have progressively been erected to block bogus students from entering the UK, and at the same time, dubious colleges have been barred from admitting foreign students. A spokesman for the British home ministry said, "The previous scheme was too generous. There were no restrictions and it was being exploited, with people engaging in low-skill work."
"We believe there is no incompatibility between economic growth and controlling migration. Our reformed, immigration system can achieve both," said immigration ministerDamian Green.