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All students from Pakistan applying for UK study visa will have to go through personal interview with counsellor officials.
UK already is rejecting as many as 40 per cent of the applications from Pakistani students due to poor grasp of English language.
A study conducted by the UK Border Agency found that face to face interviews on visa applicants from Bangladesh resulted in rejection of 38 per cent of the applications. The rejection rate was found to be 27 percent, 29 percent and 28 per cent from Sri Lanka, India and Egypt respectively.
The study found that a number of study visa applicants were unable to answer basic questions without the assistance of interpreter.
The pilot study was extended to 13 UK overseas visa processing offices, ranging from India and China to Nigeria.
The screening out the bogus applications as a result of interviews has encouraged the UK Home office to increase the number of face-to-face interviews from these countries. However, each and every Pakistani applicant will have to go through this mandatory requirement of interview.
The government’s decision to hold compulsory interviews in Pakistan comes after the National Audit Office found that up to 50,000 people could have entered Britain to work on student visas largely from India, Bangladesh and China.
A source from the UK government said, “Britain is open for business to the best and the brightest. But our message to bogus students is clear. You will be found out and you will be stopped from coming.”
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