The UK has no plans to give Indians more student visas than are required under the proposed UK-India free trade deal, said the UK’s international trade secretary, who is currently overseeing the deal. A Kemi Badenoch said:
Badenok, who visited India in December for the sixth round of FTA negotiations, told Britain’s Times newspaper that trade agreements “do not believe in free movement” since Britain left the EU. added that it is not. It is an agreement to “negotiate some free movement with India”.
In the past, India sought to move student visas to the UK.
“We left the EU because we didn’t believe in free movement and didn’t think it was working. This is not the sort of deal that negotiates free movement with India,” he said. Stated.
She further said the UK would not be able to extend its mobility advantages to India the way it did to Australia due to its population size.
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“You have to make sure that each trade agreement you sign is tailored to a specific country. It’s not going to be the same kind of mobility offering that the country can offer, and what people in the UK want to do when traveling to Australia is probably slightly different than when traveling to India and vice versa. It is,” she said.
The recently signed UK-Australia FTA allows Australians under the age of 35 to live and work in the UK for three years without restrictions, and vice versa.
However, she said the UK is willing to make concessions on issues such as business liquidity, but remains adamant on student visa issues.
The UK is one of the most popular destinations for Indian students seeking higher education. UK student visa applications have skyrocketed over the past decade, with the UK High Commission revealing last year that he issued 215% more visas in 2022 than in 2019. bottom.
Badenok made his first trip to India in December to participate in the sixth round of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the UK and India, where he met Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal.
The seventh round of official-level negotiations is expected to begin shortly.
(with input from institutions)