India on 30 Sept 2019 asked the UK to protect the Indian students' rights in the nation and assure that they don't face any visa-related problems. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Union Home Secretary conveyed this to Director General for Immigration, Borders, Citizenship, and Global Strategy at the UK Home Office, Glyn Williams, while delegation-level talks within the two nations.
We notified them of cases where students from India faced visa-related problems in Britain, an official from Home Ministry said to Media.
As per the sources, both sides addressed many issues of mutual concern correlated to citizenship and immigration. Kieran Drake who is Minister Political, Counselor and Press at the British High Commission in Delhi said the discussions as "productive".
In the previous year, India was eliminated from a list of countries entitled to UK Tier 4 abroad student visa relaxations revealed by the Home Office of UK. Student groups of India in Britain and top-level diplomats opposed to the move, with some even stating that prohibiting the world's biggest democracy from the list that otherwise includes many non-democratic nations amounted to "outrageous" India.
The government of the UK, in its answer, tied the move to New Delhi's unwillingness to sign a memorandum of agreement on taking back unauthorized migrants.
In the previous year, the union cabinet had accepted a pact on the deportation of unauthorized Indian immigrants from the UK to India and vice-versa. But, at the 11th hour, India pulled out of the hour by not providing any reason for its choice.
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