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Apr 17, 2012 at 04:44pm IST

UK may reconsider cancellation of post-study visa

London: The United Kingdom may reconsider the cancellation of post-study visas for Indian students. It has just been a fortnight since the UK cancelled post-study visas.

Senior British ministers are reported to have given out an assurance that they will consider post-study work for Indian students. The post-study work route, which was closed from April 6 is most likely to be made more flexible for Indian students.

There was sharp criticism for tougher UK visa rules by Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma.

"I have raised this, we have our concerns. They should have some practical exposure. The issue is how to look at it. What they have shared with me is that they should get appropriate jobs that are commensurate with their qualifications or degrees. The very fact is that there is this reassurance at the highest level of the British government. I shall follow up my talks with a communication," Sharma said

"They say they have no intention to deny, they are only looking at certain specifics so that domain knowledge is utilized. If you are trained as a biotechnologist, then you don't go to sectors. But we have yet to see the final picture," he added.

Sharma also reportedly warned the UK that Indian IT majors may relocate business to other European countries, if British visa laws got tougher.