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(FILES) This file photo taken on January 29, 2021 shows a person holding up a British National (Overseas), or "BNO", passport in Hong Kong. - A new visa scheme offering millions of Hong Kongers a pathway to British citizenship will go live later on January 31, 2021 as the city's former colonial master opens its doors to those wanting to escape China's crackdown on dissent. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)(AFP)

UK opens citizenship path for Hong Kongers

Agencies | , Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 07:23 AM IST
Anyone with a British National (Overseas) passport and their dependents can now apply online for a visa allowing them to live and work in the UK.
Visitors stand outside Lunar House, a UK Visas and Immigration office, in Croydon, Greater London, UK.(Bloomberg file)
Visitors stand outside Lunar House, a UK Visas and Immigration office, in Croydon, Greater London, UK.(Bloomberg file)

Patel calls for review of UK visa used by Indian companies

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 07:27 PM IST
Official figures show that the ICT visa is mostly issued to Indians, reflecting the growing number of Indian software companies setting up base or servicing clients from a UK base.
The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.(Bloomberg file)
The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.(Bloomberg file)

Covid-19 leads to fewer UK visas to Indians

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 06:52 PM IST
The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.
Members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in Delhi's 12th Queer Pride March.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in Delhi's 12th Queer Pride March.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Sexual orientation: Less Indians seek UK asylum after SC ruling

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 11:47 PM IST
According to latest immigration statistics from the Home Office for the year ending June 2020, the list of top five countries whose citizens mentioned sexual orientation in asylum applications is headed by Pakistan, followed by Nigeria, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Namibia.
Medical staff wearing protective clothing at St Thomas' hospital as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 31, 2020.(REUTERS)
Medical staff wearing protective clothing at St Thomas' hospital as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 31, 2020.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: UK visa of medical staff from India, non-EU countries extended free for a year

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2020 06:28 AM IST
The visa extension was announced as new figures by the Office for National Statistics showed that the number of deaths is higher than those released by the Department of Health and Social Care, which releases figures of deaths in hospitals, and not those in homes and care-homes.
UK’s Indian origin Finance Minister Rishi Sunak(REUTERS)
UK’s Indian origin Finance Minister Rishi Sunak(REUTERS)

In Indian-origin UK finance minister Rishi Sunak’s budget, Britain visas to get costlier

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 02:02 PM IST
The hike was expected as it was in the December 2019 General Election manifesto of the Boris Johnson-led government, but its timing is now confirmed as this year.
The continuing demand for Indian professionals is also reflected in the visa extensions granted by the UK during 2019.(Representational Photo)
The continuing demand for Indian professionals is also reflected in the visa extensions granted by the UK during 2019.(Representational Photo)

More UK visas for Indian professionals, students in 2019

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 07:09 PM IST
Indian professionals accounted for half of the Tier 2 work-related visas issued during 2019: an increase of 3 per cent, to 57,199.
India was excluded in the Home Office’s list of countries whose students are allowed easier student visa norms in 2018 as well as in the latest list issued in March, sparking outrage in Indian quarters.(File photo)
India was excluded in the Home Office’s list of countries whose students are allowed easier student visa norms in 2018 as well as in the latest list issued in March, sparking outrage in Indian quarters.(File photo)

India is low-risk for UK visas, says chair of key panel

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 06:55 PM IST
Given India’s growing capabilities of citizen identification, the UK should treat it as a ‘low-risk’ country for visas, which can be the first step to rekindle bilateral relations that have seen a catalogue of missed opportunities in the recent past, a senior Conservative figure said.
As the number of EU citizens moving to the UK dwindles due to uncertainty over Brexit, new figures released on Thursday show more Indian citizens were granted visas across various streams during the year ending December 2018.(AFP)
As the number of EU citizens moving to the UK dwindles due to uncertainty over Brexit, new figures released on Thursday show more Indian citizens were granted visas across various streams during the year ending December 2018.(AFP)

More Indians got UK visas in 2018, after Chinese, shows new report

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2019 05:01 PM IST
As the number of EU citizens moving to the UK dwindles due to uncertainty over Brexit, new figures released on Thursday show more Indian citizens were granted visas across various streams during the year ending December 2018.
A Union flag flutters in the breeze in Silverstone on July 6.(AFP Photo)
A Union flag flutters in the breeze in Silverstone on July 6.(AFP Photo)

New UK visa route for Indian, non-EU researchers begins

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 07:02 AM IST
The new route, called the UKRI Science, Research and Academia scheme, has been added to the Tier 5 (Temporary worker – government authorised exchange) visa route.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting his British counterpart Theresa May on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.(PTI Photo)
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting his British counterpart Theresa May on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.(PTI Photo)

Relief for Indian doctors, nurses as UK lifts visa cap

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 06:22 PM IST
The cap was introduced as part of the Conservative government’s plans to curb immigration, when May was the home secretary in 2011. Doctors and nurses have now been excluded from the cap given their major shortage in the National Health Service.
Last month, it had emerged that at least 100 Indian doctors were denied UK visas after being recruited by the NHS due to the Tier 2 monthly quota being over-subscribed.(HT File Photo)
Last month, it had emerged that at least 100 Indian doctors were denied UK visas after being recruited by the NHS due to the Tier 2 monthly quota being over-subscribed.(HT File Photo)

Indian doctors, engineers among thousands being denied UK visas due to immigration cap

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2018 08:23 PM IST
Latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) data shows Indians as the largest chunk of skilled work visas granted to nationals from outside the EU, indicating that they are likely to be the hardest hit by the UK visa cap
(Representative photo)
(Representative photo)

UK to review visa rule that blocks foreign professionals from settling

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar, London
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 11:55 PM IST
Section 322 (5) of the Immigration Act is designed to deal with criminals and those considered a threat to national security, but the British Home Office has invoked it when applications for indefinite stay by professionals from India and other countries show errors in tax returns.
An OISC tribunal found the conduct of Patel to be “reprehensible” and held that he had played a major role in deception.(Reuters File)
An OISC tribunal found the conduct of Patel to be “reprehensible” and held that he had played a major role in deception.(Reuters File)

Indian-origin adviser on UK visas banned, fined

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 02:16 PM IST
Patel, operating out of offices in West London in 2015, made Tier 2 visa applications for at least 16 complainants using a fake Certificate of Sponsorship.
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