British PM Theresa May Offers Liberal Visa Scheme For Indian BusinessmenNovember 07, 2016 17:29
The Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May, who arrived in Delhi, for her first visit to India after taking charge, has offered the first ever easier visa regime for the Indian businessmen that will with swifter passage through British airport and access to the European Union.
India has been demanding easier visa regime to Britain for its nationals and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday also asked May to provide greater mobility for its students as well researchers.
May, at India-UK summit said, “So we will offer for the first time to any country that needs visas to enter Britain, what we call ‘Registered Traveler Scheme’.”
“That means the Indian nationals who frequently come to the UK and to fuel growth in both our countries+ , the entry process will become significantly easier,” May explained in the tech summit organized by CII.
She added that the Indian businessmen will have to fill fewer forms and they would also get access to the EU-EFA (European Economic Forum) passport control and swifter passage through British airports.
“In short, more opportunities for Britain and India and a clear message that Britain is very much open for business,” she said.
She further added, “It is crucial that those who do not need to travel between our countries for business can do so, that is the reason why when I was Home Secretary, I made visa process for Indian much easier.”
May also said that India now has one of the best UK visa services in the world with more application points than any other country and is the only place where it is possible to get same day visa.
She said, “That happened because we listened to our businesses. And we are still listening. Listening to the fact that there are many people from India who are to bring their skill, ideas, businesses to Britain for the good of your economy and ours.”
Answering question of removing trade and business barriers, the British PM said that she Britain is working with India to make it more easier to do business here.
She said, “We can break down barriers and make it easier to do business...That is why the UK is working side by side with Prime Minister Modi to make it easier to do business in India, for example by strengthening intellectual property rights, and paving the way for world's leading services sector to operate in Indian market benefiting India and UK alike, But I am determined that we will go further.”