New UK Visa Centre does not raise hopes
IT employees are not sure the new Centre will help them.
Sourabh Mukherjee, Vice-President of Accenture.
Bangalore, November 22, 2017: The United Kingdom immigration minister has set up a new Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Whitefield, but IT employees in the city feel it would not be of major help.
“Visa regulations have become stricter and visas are granted for long term positions only after there is adequate diligence on lack of locally available talent”, says Sourabh Mukherjee, Vice President at Accenture.
Achyuth Rasale, Technology Analyst at Infosys said “Our employees in Bangalore are not excited about the new VAC as ultimately many visas gets rejected. After the restrictions on the H1B visa, hardly any employees work abroad. We have seen a decrease in number of people going to UK and US to work”.
There are a huge number of visas getting rejected as foreign companies are recruiting local talent, so the opening of new VAC does not mean that the number of employees going to UK is increasing says Mukherjee.
VAC makes the application process easier but the fundamental issue is that the employees are not getting opportunities to go abroad anymore. And in any case applicants seeking UK/US visas would need to demonstrate superior skills in new and emerging technology areas like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Automation etc where local talents would be hard to find,” said Sourabh Mukherjee.