Centre concerned over foreign students overstaying

The Union government has expressed its concern over the increasing trend of foreigners, residing in the City on student visa, indulging in non-academic activities.

During the hearing of a petition in the High Court by Mohammed Muneer Ismeal, an Iraqi national, who has challenged his deportation from the country, Assistant Solicitor General Krishna S Dixit made this submission. He said this was a dangerous trend and needed to be tackled.

Dixit said the students violated visa norms by taking up new courses just for the sake of it and indulging in some business. He submitted that the petitioner, who was studying pharmacy in a private institute in the City, was one among them and was in Bengaluru for more than three years.

“He had only 40 per cent attendance in the college and was overstaying as his visa expired in April 2014. He was issued a visa for a period of three years in 2011. He was blacklisted and deported to Iraq in September 2014,” he informed the court.

The petitioner contended that he was unable to renew his visa due to ill health and sought directions to quash his blacklisting and renewal of visa. Justice S Abdul Nazeer dismissed the petition stating that the court cannot interfere in the matter.

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