Vastavam web: Britain’s longest serving MP of Indian-origin Keith Vaz has been elected to serve as the head of a new parliamentary committee to deal with issues concerning immigration and visas. Vaz, 60, who has served in Parliament for 30 years will be joined as an Officer of the Group by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who will be the Vice Chair for the group and Martyn Day, a Scottish National MP who will serve as Secretary.”It is imperative that we get a grip on the immigration and visa situation. There is concern that visa decisions are now being taken in New Delhi rather than in Mumbai and concerns that once you apply in Sylhet in Bangladesh you have to have your visa granted in New Delhi,” he said.
“We are also very concerned about the decline in the number of Indian students coming to study in the UK. We want to know why this has happened. It is hoped that this new Parliamentary Committee will help cut red tape,” he added.