Pro­fes­sion­als from India stage visa protest in Lon­don

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - World -

LON­DON : In­dian doc­tors, IT en­gi­neers, teach­ers and other skilled pro­fes­sion­als in the UK joined a demon­stra­tion against the Home Of­fice out­side Down­ing Street on Tuesday, protest­ing against prob­lems they face in their con­tin­ued stay in a visa cat­e­gory closed in 2011.

The Tier 1 (Gen­eral) visa, meant for highly skilled pro­fes­sion­als who needed a min­i­mum point score to qual­ify, was shut by Theresa May in 2011, when she was home sec­re­tary. Pro­fes­sion­als from Pak­istan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other coun­tries were also present at the demon­stra­tion.

Aditi Bhard­waj, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the protest, said that the fu­ture of hun­dreds of In­dian pro­fes­sion­als and their fam­i­lies was un­cer­tain af­ter they spent nearly a decade in Bri­tain, con­tribut­ing taxes and skills the coun­try needed.

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