LONDON: With over 40,000 Indian students currently studying in Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron, who is leading a huge business delegation next week to India, says there is no limit to the number of Indian students who can come to the UK.
As the British government has come under criticism for tightening immigration policies, the prime minister – who is aiming to woo India and Indian-origin voters in Britain – said there was no cap on the number of Indian students who can come to the UK.
All they need, Cameron said, is a basic knowledge of English and a place at a university in this country.
“There is no limit on the number of students who can come from India to study at British universities, no limit at all. All you need is a basic English qualification and a place at a British university,’’ the prime minister said in interviews with ethnic media before his visit to India.
“What’s more, after you’ve left a British university, if you can get a graduate-level job there is no limit to the amount of people who can stay and work, or the time that they can stay at work,’’ the British PM said.
Current British rules allow a student, who manages to get a job with a salary of £20,000 upon his graduation, to stay in the country.