Theresa May refused to raise Indian visa quota

Theresa May refused to raise Indian visa quotaTheresa May has rejected calls to relax Indian visa rules, saying the UK has a "good system" for applications, according to BBC on Monday.

The prime minister, who is in Delhi to pave the way for the UK's first post-Brexit trade deal, said the UK was already able to attract "the brightest and the best" from outside the EU.

"Nine out of 10 visa applications from India are already accepted," she said.

But May announced the UK would make it easier for wealthy Indian business executives to come to the UK. A small group of high net worth individuals and their families will be offered access to the Great Club - a bespoke visa and immigration service - to make visa applications smoother.

Thousands of Indians on work visas will also be able to join the Registered Travellers Scheme which will mean they can get through UK border controls more quickly.

"As we leave the EU, we want to ensure that the UK remains one of the most attractive countries in the world to do business and invest," May said.

Visa issues risk dominating Theresa May's first trade trip since becoming prime minister.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a technology summit in Delhi he wanted to encourage "greater mobility" for its young people in education.

He said: "Education is vital for our students and will define our engagement in a shared future.”

"We must therefore encourage greater mobility and participation of young people in education and research opportunities," Modi added.

Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria earlier said restrictions on staying in the UK after their studies meant the number of Indians attending UK universities had halved in the past five years.

PM May will be accompanied on the three-day trip by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and trade minister Greg Hands as well as representatives from 33 UK companies.
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