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Pakistani students applying for UK visa will face compulsory interview
by, 04-19-2012 at 08:59 AM (307 Views)
Every Pakistani student applying for a visa to come to study in Britain will face a compulsory interview with consular officials following a secret pilot study indicating that up to 40% could be ineligible.
Theresa May, the home secretary, will soon announce that "bogus" students will be blocked from entering Britain when the measures are introduced.
"Britain is open for business to the best and the brightest," one government source said. "But our message to bogus students is clear: you will be found out and you will be stopped from coming. This is an important way of weeding out bogus student
The home secretary's plan, which, at first, will be run on a short-term basis, is likely to lead to a big increase in resources at Britain's consular operations in Pakistan. For the past five to 10 years visas have been approved via paper applications.
The pilot study, which was carried out by the UK Border Agency, suggests that 40% of applicants for student visas from Pakistan are likely to prove ineligible for the document. The main reason will be their inability to speak English.
At present, on the paper applications, 20% of Pakistanis applying for student visas are found to be ineligible.
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