Apr 13

Britain tightens immigration policy for Pak students

The British government has further tightened the visa policy for Pakistani students.britishHome Secretary Theresa May has announced that anyone wanting to come to study in Britain from Pakistan must be interviewed by border agency officials before a visa is granted.

An estimated 10,000 Pakistani students apply for the UK visa.

According to British home ministry, as many as four in ten applications are found bogus. British Home Office figures have revealed that hundreds of student visa applicants from Pakistan cannot speak English.

Presently, if paper applications raise suspicions, applicants may be interviewed in their home country. Of these, around 20 percent are rejected. But a recent pilot scheme in which every applicant was required to have a face-to-face interview found that up to 43 percent should be rejected.