Acting Indian High Commissioner to the UK says a large number of the tourists visit Europe but return home because of the visa restrictions.
London: India hopes to reach the deal with Britain for facilitating short-term visas for Indian students, academicians & businessmen during the Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit, Acting High Commissioner to the UK Dinesh Patnaik has said.
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“I am hopeful, certain things will happen,” he said. “I hope we will have a deal on Britain facilitating short-term visas for the students, academicians & businessmen from India and these categories must not be in the migration list,” Patnaik told reporters.
Noting that May’s visit is important for an India, he said “This is her first bilateral visit & India is her first trip outside the continent. UK-India, we have a very long umbilical relationship.”
“It is an official visit & she will be heading a high-level 160-strong? Delegation. Trade delegation also assumes the importance because of the Brexit scenario,” he added.
“Post-Brexit, they will need it & they want to increase A trade outside EU. The discussion will focus on the framework of the post-Brexit trade deal.” On the Indian side, he said: “what we want an ease of doing business – access to the UK, both for the students, academicians & businessmen.”
He noted that a large number of tourists visit the Europe but return home because of visa restrictions. India wants Britain to extend visa concessions given to the Chinese to be extended to Indians — 6 months to 2 years visa for 87 pounds.
He said many companies here are shifting their jobs to India. In the next 3 to 4 months, about 2,000 jobs are to be expected to go to India.