UK Immigration News
Britain Asked to Simplify Visas for Indians
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
India has put pressure on Britain to ease visas for its businessmen and students in annual foreign office consultations in New Delhi.
Indian Foreign Secretary Rajan Mathai met with UK Permanent Under Secretary Simon Fraser for the consultations. According to official resources after the talk, the discussions mentioned various aspects of bilateral relations, including economic ties, consular and visa issues. In the meeting, India asked to simplify UK visas for businessmen and students in order to enhance investment between the two countries. Based on figures from the British deputy high commissioner, the number of Indian students in the UK has increased.
The official sources also revealed that India would like to have greater investment flow from the UK. Figures show that India-Britain trade exceeded $16 billion in 2011-12 in comparison with $12.5 billion in the previous financial year. India is the third largest investor in Britain while Britain is the fourth largest investor in India. Currently, there are around 700 Indian companies operating in Britain.
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