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UK Visa Rules: New visa rule does not impact the undergraduate students: UK Minister

UK’s Deputy Foreign Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad has said the tweak in UK visa rules is not aimed at undergraduate students from India. UK government has benefitted from the Indian student disapora and the recent visa curbs is only for students who are going to the UK for one year research and doctoral studies.

Tariq Ahmad, who is on a four-day visit to India, said that the focus of this trip to deepen collaboration on science and technology between the two nations. For this, he is planning to visit Hyderabad where they will look into innovations in start-ups.

“Those students who come for undergraduate studies and research will always be welcomed,” Lord Ahmad told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

“We have tweaked visa rules for research and PhD students who come only for one year and sometimes don’t complete their research,” said Lord Ahmad, whose visit marks a positive note in India-UK relations after the controversy over pro-Khalistan protests.

“Britain benefits from legal immigration and only wants to stop illegal immigration. Most students are from India. We want more students,” added the minister, who is in Delhi today to meet Foreign minister S Jaishankar and senior officials of the External Affairs Ministry.

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He began his four-day visit by visitng Jodhpur, from where his mother migrated to Pakistan 76 years ago. “It is very difficult to describe my feelings. Today I’m visiting this palace — my grandfather was a treasurer in the court of Maharaja Umaid Singh. His father Ahmed Khan was a physician who also had links to the royal court,” he said.Lord Ahmad also said that it is a matter of pride for him that he sits in the India office founded in 1858 by the colonial British government to rule the provinces of India through its Viceroys.

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