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May seeking co-operation with India over visa issues

By Andrew Woodcock

Published 08/11/2016

Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi yesterday
Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi yesterday

Theresa May has offered a deal with India which could see more visas for the country's nationals to come to the UK.

In return, the Prime Minister wants increased co-operation from India in taking back migrants who overstay in the UK without permission. But Mrs May gave no ground on Indian concerns over the eligibility criteria for British visas.

Indian PM Narendra Modi has heaped pressure on Mrs May on the issue during her first visit to the country as PM, voicing unease over restrictions on access to the UK for students and skilled workers.

Indian concerns include minimum salary requirements on workers hoping to relocate to the UK, as well as the removal of a right for students to work for two years in Britain after graduation.

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