- Mar 21, 2009
Cameron govt may impose bonds on Indian students
LONDON: Britain's new immigration minister Damian Green has indicated that students from India and other non-EU countries will have to furnish a bond of a specified amount before coming to study at British institutions.
Green, who was Conservative spokesman on immigration issues, believes that the current points-based student visa system is the 'biggest single loophole' and has promised to bring about major changes in the immigration system.
British authorities had suspended the issue of student visas in north India, Nepal and Bangladesh earlier this year after missions received an unusually large number of applications from these regions.
"We want genuine students and want a fair system. We will introduce the bond system for international students who will be refunded the bond amount when they leave after completing their studies," Green had told an audience at the Guru Nanak Prakash Singh Sabha in Bristol recently. International students are a source of major revenue because they pay three times higher fees than students from the UK and the European Union.
Among other new measures Green is likely to introduce is an annual cap on the number of skilled professionals from India and other countries outside the EU in order to drastically reduce the annual number of migrants coming to Britain.