India excluded again from student visa relaxation list

  1. The UK government has once again excluded Indian students from a new list of countries considered “low risk” under Tier 4 visa category.It would have allowed an easier visa application process for Indian students to UK universities.
  2. The British government has said that the exclusion of Indian students from a relaxation of visa rules were due to India’s decision to pull out of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the return of illegal migrants.
  3. Earlier,Indian Cabinet had approved the MoU on returns to facilitate the deportation of illegal Indian immigrants in the UK to India before the Indian Prime Minister visit to Britain.However,India backed out of signing the pact due to reservations expressed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) about Indian agencies being given only 15 days to verify the background of an undocumented migrant.