In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the US expects to have an automated system in place this month to close the student visa gap that allows many to enter the country even after they cease to be students.
Australian govt has lowered the visa assessment levels for International students from 38 countries under which they would now be required to provide less documentary evidence to support their claims for the grant of visa.
Britain on Thursday announced a steep hike
of 54 pounds in the student visa fee and introduced a new
category of `dependent relative` visa as a part of its effort
to attract visitors who can "make a valued
Terming educational cooperation as an "important facet" of Indo-UK ties, government on Tuesday said it was in touch with diplomatic mission of Britain to "better understand the reasons" for the temporary freeze on student visas.
Facing an unprecedented increase
in the number of student visa-seekers from north India,
Britain has temporarily suspended accepting such applications
as it suspects that there may be attempts to abuse the system.
Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Saturday favoured liberalisation of the visa system to attract more foreign students, but said security issues contributed to making the regime restrictive.