She has to be in a somewhat difficult balancing act. Right now, the issue was a lot of cheap labour coming to the UK with no checks. This, to most people, will possibly extend to all migration, which we need to bed down the numbers on. The thing is, I personally wouldn't mind more Commonwealth migration, which obviously includes India. Indeed, a lot of people felt similar but is it widespread enough for people to understand? Nobody's quite sure. So the government will err on the side of caution there.Interesting stuff from May's conference in India today.
Faster immigration clearance for Indian businessmen.
A promise to further relax the visa process if India commits to helping remove overstayers.
Whole bunch of deals in various areas, including manufacturing, health services, and high-end electronics. 600 million pounds' worth of Masala Bonds will be listed in London.
Still no ground given on revising visa regulations for students. The number of Indian students in the UK has already fallen by half in recent years. This attitude suggests she's not going to be willing to reintroduce the post-study work visa either. Strikes me as counterproductive tbh.
I think it's likely we'll review such things in time, but there isn't currently a political will to do this without wider explanation.
Should be noted though, the UK doesn't count student visas as migration, so why requirements aren't being relaxed is likely because of the fraudulent schools that were found in London and elsewhere were basically being used as a way to cheaply import people from the Indian subcontinent. Until the UK can deal with that issue more sensibly, there won't be any movement.
Also apparently Indian Mangos are on a list of demands for any future Indian trade deal.
I'm ok with this. Mango juice is fricken delicious.