It is a Tory move to please the UKIP Bloc. The Conservative Manifesto commitment to keep students in the Net migration and preventing them from gaining experience after their education here will cost Britain dearly….writes Asian Lite News
Britain is reduced to Little Britain after abandoning age-old policy to welcome students across the world to study here. Besides the much needed fees, these British educated students are helping the Great Britain to assert his policies across the globe.
The move has disappointed many. A prominent Conservative of Indian-origin, Mr Kishan Dewani already challenging the credibility of Brexiteers of Indian-origin like Priti Patel to clarify their stance. Priti and others promised easier visas, especially in the curry sector, for India and the Commonwealth after Brexit.
The Tory manifesto reiterated Prime Minister Theresa May’s tough line on immigration, promising to “continue to bear down on immigration from outside the European Union”. It saw annual net immigration as “too high”, and retained the party’s objective since 2010 to reduce it to the “tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands”.
Ms May was said to be isolated in her own Cabinet over her plan to reiterate the target, set by David Cameron in 2010, to reduce net migration to less than 100,000 a year. Latest figures put it at 273,000.
The London Evening Standard, now edited by the former Chancellor George Osborne, said in an editorial that Ms May did not need to make the “politically rash and economically illiterate move” of repeating the goal. It claimed her Cabinet assumed she would jump at the chance to bury it, adding: “None of its senior members supports the pledge in private and all would be glad to see the back of something that has caused the Conservative Party such public grief. But no. Ms May has kept digging and now the country and several families will pay the price for that arrogance.
On the many cases of “Skype families”, in which one parent lives abroad because the British spouse does not earn enough to sponsor the other, the manifesto said: “We will increase the earnings thresholds for people wishing to sponsor migrants for family visas.” A good news for the UKIP folks.
The manifesto also promises more curbs on Indian and non-EU students: “We will toughen the visa requirements for students, to make sure that we maintain high standards. We will expect students to leave the country at the end of their course, unless they meet new, higher requirements that allow them to work in Britain after their studies have concluded.”
It also rejected the demand of higher education stakeholders to remove students from overall migration statistics: “Overseas students will remain in the immigration statistics – in line with international definitions – and within scope of the government’s policy to reduce annual net migration”.
Another area likely to affect Indians is the proposed increase in the Immigration Skills Charge that every British employer has to pay to hire a non-EU professional. Introduced in April, it is currently set at £1000 per worker per year.
The manifesto said: “(Skilled) immigration should not be a way for government or business to avoid their obligations to improve the skills of the British workforce. So we will double the Immigration Skills Charge levied on companies employing migrant workers, to £2,000 a year by the end of the parliament.”
“And we will increase the Immigration Health Surcharge, to £600 for migrant workers and £450 for international students, to cover their use of the NHS. This remains competitive compared to the costs of health insurance paid by UK nationals working or studying overseas,” it added.