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Pak students face tough Brit visa tests as 40 percent applicants could be bogus

London, Fri, 13 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 13 (ANI): Britain will have tough visa tests for Pakistani students wanting to come to the country after a pilot scheme found that as many as four in ten applicants may be bogus.

An estimated 10,000 students apply to come to the country from Pakistan every year.

Home Office figures have revealed that thousands of student visa applicants cannot speak English; despite claiming they want to study here.

Home Secretary Theresa May has now decreed that anyone wanting to come to study in Britain from Pakistan must be interviewed by border agency officials before a visa is granted.

Home Secretary Theresa May has now decreed that anyone wanting to come to study in Britain from Pakistan must be interviewed by border agency officials before a visa is granted, The Daily Mail reports.

Currently, if paper applications raise suspicions, applicants may be interviewed in their home country. Of these, around 20 per cent are rejected.ut a recent scheme in which every applicant was required to have a face-to-face interview found that up to 43 per cent should be rejected.

The scheme has now been extended to 14 other countries including India, China, Bangladesh, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Nigeria, the paper reports.

Students make up two-thirds of the migrants coming to the UK from outside the EU. (ANI)


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