The British Government has imposed an additional cash bond deposit of 3000 pounds for a visa. Visitors from some African and Asian nations, including India will have to pay £3,000 to enter Britain. This has caused a lot of anger and frustration among the affected students.
This piece comes to you from a student at a top “global university” in London. I am suddenly a ‘high risk’ to the British government and their people, because draining my ancestral wealth is risky business, eh, Mr. Cameron? There are two key harms of the newly imposed mandatory visa fee deposit that I’ll be outlining here.
Firstly, I’ll look at what this does to the current immigrant/student population from the subcontinent in the UK; and
Secondly, why this is bad for the UK in terms of fuelling race issues.
On the first front, there is a massive outcry in England against an outrageous amount of money being asked for all visa categories. Most interactions of students with the locals are now excessively soured, since the Conservative Party government has labelled us a threat to ‘Britishness’. It created an element of doubt and apprehension amongst the local British population, which in certain parts of the country translates to withholding services and active abuse. It also prevents families from coming over and visiting students or migrant workers. “International fees is very high, and on top of that we have to pay this ridiculous visa charge”, said a frustrated Indian student from King’s College London.
With the setup of pernicious organizations like the English Defense League and actively racist political parties like the British National Party and UKIP winning local government elections, it is becoming increasingly hard for the UK government to handle issues pertaining to diversity in the UK. Now that there will be a decrease in the number of people from the sub-continent, it is a major setback for racial tolerance. Most people in the North of England and in Scotland are not sensitized to South Asian cultures, thus, they are very fundamental in their opinion of subcontinent workers. This is harmful to integration and unity.
“If this is how they treat Indians, we should charge them for overstay till 1947”, roared, an Indian Molecular Biology student from UCL.
According to reports, the plans which aimed at preventing abuse of immigration rules in the country, will initially cover India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana.
“This is the next step in making sure our immigration system is more selective, bringing down net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands while still welcoming the brightest and the best to Britain,” Home Secretary Theresa May was quoted as saying.
British government’s restrictions on visa rules have led to a decrease in the number of foreign students in the UK and could cost Britain’s universities £2.4 billion over the next decade. Ref www.thehindu.com
The writer is a student at University College, London.
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