By Khalid Khattak
LAHORE: Delay in issuance of visas is causing serious problems for Pakistani students planning to start studies in the UK during October and the delay has also made it impossible for them to make other choices.
It is certainly high-time for universities in the UK interested in genuine Pakistani students to wake up as they need to take a fresh look at their system. These views were expressed by renowned educationist and educational consultant, Syed Abidi, while talking to The News on Thursday.
Explaining the delay, he said before shifting the UK visa office from Islamabad to Abu Dhabi almost a year ago, the British High Commission (BHC) in Islamabad used to process and deliver visas within 20 working days. This duration has now increased up to three months, he added.
Decisions made in August in Abu Dhabi were communicated to Islamabad in October, making it impossible for students to make alternate decisions. He said hundreds of visas already issued in Abu Dhabi were not communicated in time to the high commission in Islamabad, which was responsible for printing and delivering passports to students. He said more than 1,000 genuine students had been refused visa on weak grounds mostly because enclosed documentations were not properly read.