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UK entry to be made easier for Indian students

The British High Commissioner to India, Michael Arthur, on Monday said his country was taking steps to make it easy for Indian students to gain entry into the United Kingdom.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 12:20 IST

The British High Commissioner to India, Michael Arthur, on Monday said his country was taking steps to make it easy for Indian students to gain entry into the United Kingdom.

There are 22,000 Indian students studying in the UK. About five years ago, that number was only 5,000, Arthur said while speaking on the sidelines of a seminar organised jointly by the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the British Business Group here.

"We are making it easy for Indian students to come to the UK," he said. He said there were presently 500 Indian companies which have set up base in Britain. "About two-third of them are from the IT sector," he added.

Changes in the immigration procedures mean that international students now have a more streamlined route to studying in the UK. The immigration rules for persons seeking to enter the UK as a student clearly state that he must be able to prove that he has been accepted in a course of study.

The person must also declare his intention to leave the UK after the completion of his studies.