Students from India in the UK who complete their graduation might once again be offered the work permit after the Brexit. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, India’s High Commissioner to the UK has said that restoring the two-year period work authorization is being discussed and it is a very high priority in the bilateral talks, quotes Times of India.
Students from India were offered a two-year work permit in the UK after completion of their graduation. This was however done away with in the year 2012. The Indian Ambassador informed the media at London that a bilateral treaty on priority is being discussed for after Brexit period. The issue of work permit for students is a part of the agenda and it will have to be adequately resolved, said Mr. Sinha.
Mr. Sinha also accepted that in the past five years there has been a drastic decline in the number of Indian students immigrating to the UK for higher studies. He said that one reason for this was also fraud institutions, but nevertheless lesser students are applying.
Elaborating on the scenario, the High Commissioner to the UK said that almost 90% of the job applicants are hired. There could be diverse reasons for the decrease in applications but from an employers’ perspective, we also have to consider the preference given to a candidate who has just four-month authorization to work in the UK.
Speaking on the impact of Brexit on trade relations between India and UK, Sinha clarified that there cannot be any official discussion on FTA till the time the UK exits from the European Union. However, there is a mutual working group of both the nations discussing services and trade parallel to the exit talks between the UK and the EU. There will be clarity on the scenario for the period after March 29, 2019, said Mr. Sinha.
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