Siddaramaiah meets Theresa May, seeks review of British immigration policy

Siddaramaiah meets Theresa May, seeks review of British immigration policy

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-11-08 13:10 Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to review the new immigration policy and relax visa rules for Indian techies and students pursuing higher studies in Britain."I request you to review the new policy and restore the 20,800 pound salary threshold under the intra-company transfer, as the movement of skilled technology workers should be seen as a trade priority than an immigration issue," Siddaramaiah told May at a bilateral meeting. Under the new visa rules the British Home Office recently announced, skilled IT workers applying for visa under the tier-2 intra-company transfer (ICT) category would be required to meet 30,000 pound salary threshold after November 24.Noting that temporary placement of skilled people in Britain provided a major economic boost, with negligible impact on net migration, Siddaramaiah said the vibrant IT industry in the state relied upon an effective immigration policy in Britain without barriers.Siddaramaiah also prevailed upon May to grant time-bound visas for Indian software engineers to work on projects in Britain and return to India."Our IT professionals and software engineers are not looking for immigration visas but for projects, which are global operationally," said state Industries Minister R.V. Deshpande on the occasion.Siddaramaiah also told May that 15 per cent of British firms in India were located in Karnataka employing 23,000 people.The British firms are in ICT (Information