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New Delhi: The British Government has decreed that the people who are working on a Tier-2 visa and have an annual income of fewer than 35,000 pounds have a chance of being deported permanently.

Focusing on the report released by the UK’s office of Nation Statics, it is revealed that the Indians are topping the charts where they constitute of a total of 78% of the applicants who cleared the process for the Tier-2 visas in the year of 2014-15.


Nirmala Sitharaman, the Minister of Commerce and Industry is quoted in an interview that the Indian Government will be taking action and arranging talks about the issue with the British authorities.

She vehemently adds that “We have challenged the US in the WTO… we have challenged one, so the principle applies for anybody else”.

The professionals belonging to India have been facing similar hindrances regarding the visas in countries like the US as well. And India’s decision was, therefore, to drag the country into the quarters of World Trade Organization (WTO), seeking probe after the temporary working visas were charged with high fees.

The law which has its chances to being implemented from the month of April can seriously have its effects on an estimated population of 30,000 to 40,000 workers.

Only those who will pass through the scanning while applying for the ‘Indefinite leave to Remain’ (ILR) in the UK, have a chance in reality to make the cut of the deportation. And that too, only if they are able to proof that their per capita income crosses the threshold of 35,000 pounds.

The Tier-2 visas are particularly issued for the non-European workers based in the UK-firms when they are hiring for them as professionals. Whereas the whole process is subjected ultimately to the issuing of the ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’.

The tension that has now caught the breath of the foreign professionals is the option of returning to their home countries on their own or to be forcefully deported. (Inputs from agencies)


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