Indians May Have Been Hit Hardest By UK Work Visa Restrictions

Nearly 6,100 eligible applications for UK work visa were rejected due to an annual cap between December 2017 and March 2018. That was found by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), an independent advocate for science and engineering, based on figures from the UK Home Office via a Freedom of Information (FOI) query. The data indicated that Indians are likely to be the hardest hit by the UK’s annual visa cap, news agency Press Trust of India reported. Freedom of Information law in the UK is responsible for access to recorded information held by public sector organisations in the country, similar to RTI or Right to Information in India.
Over 30,000 people have signed an online petition against the UK government’s decision to deny hundreds of highly-skilled Indian professionals the right to live and work in the country. (Read more)During the four-month period, 6,080 Tier 2 (General) Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) were refused due the number of applications exceeding the cap imposed by the UK government, London-based CaSE said in a press release on Wednesday. CaSE cited the figures acquired via FOI to highlight the “scale of the problem” being created due to the British government’s annual immigration cap. “It is concerning that the (UK) Government have seemed reluctant to release this data, when they did so promptly in 2015. Transparency and accountability with the public and with Parliament is critical to inform the debate on migration and future policy decisions,” CaSE executive director Dr Sarah Main said.