New Delhi: United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has launched flexibility in visa guidelines, with well being precautions all through the visa system, to make sure a protected setting for all candidates, particularly incoming worldwide college students.
VFS World on Thursday stated it has established standardised protecting measures to be adopted throughout all its UK Visa Utility Centres.
To make sure well being and security norms are adopted, the centres have carried out a compulsory on-line appointment system, apart from checking physique temperature of all clients on the entrance, and sustaining bodily distancing measures.
Moreover, employees additionally perform preventive measures resembling disinfecting high-contact surfaces, physique temperature screenings, use of hand sanitisers, common hand washing, and many others.
Since July 6, UK Visa Utility Centres have re-opened in 11 cities in India in a phased method. They’re Ahmedabad, Bengaluru (World Tech Park solely), Chandigarh, Chennai, Jalandhar, Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai (Mahalaxmi solely), New Delhi (Shivaji Metro Stadium solely) and Pune. These centres are receiving Tier Four functions.
All the above places are operational topic to native lockdown laws, the VFS stated in an announcement.
To restrict disruption attributable to the continued COVID-19 journey restrictions, UKVI is permitting incoming worldwide college students to use for research (Tier 4) visa when they’re attributable to journey to the UK, somewhat than in the beginning of their course.
This implies college students who’ve already gained admission can start their programs on-line and apply for a UK research visa when they’re prepared to take action.
The brand new Graduate Immigration Route that permits college students who full undergraduate or Grasp’s levels to remain and work, search for work, and achieve expertise within the UK for as much as two years (three years for PhD college students) from Summer season 2021, has been modified to accommodate college students who begin their programs abroad, on-line.
These college students might be eligible to use for the Graduate Route, offered they’re within the UK earlier than April 6, 2021 and full the ultimate semester of their research within the UK.
The Graduate Immigration Route coverage was introduced in September 2019 to assist the UK entice and retain much more of one of the best worldwide graduates from India, making certain these graduates safe expert jobs and contribute to the UK’s financial development.
In 2019-20, pupil visas from India have been 4.5 instances what they have been in 2016.
In line with information from UKVI, nearly 50,000 pupil visas to the UK have been granted to Indian nationals within the 12 months ending March 2020.
This was a 136 per cent improve from the 12 months ending March 2019.
This improve was the most important variety of grants to Indian college students because the 12 months ending September 2011.
Globally, within the 12 months ending March 2020, nearly 300,000 pupil visas have been granted (together with dependents).
It is a 23 per cent improve on the 12 months ending March 2019 and the very best degree because the 12 months ending June 2011.
David Ratcliffe, UK Visas and Immigration Regional Director, South and South East Asia stated: “Over the last few years we have seen a huge increase in the number of Indian students choosing the UK’s world-class higher education system as the destination for their studies.”
“Regardless of the challenges of coronavirus, we’re assured that many 1000’s extra will be part of their compatriots at college within the UK this autumn.
“For these travellers, our message is evident: your security is our highest precedence. All through the visa utility course of and your journey to the UK, we’re taking measures to make sure you are protected and safe. As well as, the brand new Graduate Route is assured to open subsequent summer time — that means these college students heading to the UK this autumn will have the ability to apply for 2 years extra post-study go away to kick begin their profession within the UK.”
All visa candidates, together with college students, may avail of the optionally available On-Demand Cellular Visa service that permits them to submit their visa utility and enrol biometrics from the consolation and security of their dwelling.
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