UK immigration welcomes Indian investors under Tier 1 and 2 visas

British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India, Peter Beckingham announced new figures on 14 March about India's investment in the UK over last two years.

According to Beckingham, over 100 new entrepreneurs have invested in the UK over the last two years. Beckingham visited Vadodara to speak with entrepreneurs and attract further investment for the UK. He stated that the UK has been encouraging investment from India by not making stricter visa rules for investors. Tier visa categories used by investors include the Tier 1 entrepreneur visa, the Tier 1 investor visa and Tier 2 visa.

He added that the UK is looking for investments specifically in areas of advanced engineering, energy sector, automotive sector and oil and gas sector. UK Trade and Investment, a company that works to encourage overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice, has already been working with around 2,000 Indian businesses in over 20 cities since 2009.

He met officials of Federation of Gujarat Industries and Vadodara Chamber of Commerce and Industries and said: "We are open to Indians who want to study, invest or travel in the country as tourists. We are not restricting entry for such people. In fact, many Indian companies have been investing in the UK. Indians have been one of the biggest investors in the UK."

Beckingham also noted that the number of Indian students studying in the UK has gone up. He said that the UK has been cracking down on fraudulent universities and has published a list of recognised genuine UK universities.

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