My journey to becoming a British citizen

What we will discuss:

  1. Finding universities - 2010
  2. Getting student visa
  3. Education
  4. Part time jobs I had
  5. First proper job - Sep, 2011
  6. Post study work visa - Feb, 2012
  7. First proper IT job! - March, 2012
  8. Losing out on opportunities due to visa restrictions - Jan, 2013
  9. Second job with visa caveats - April, 2013
  10. Switching to Tier 2 - General - Jan, 2014
  11. Changing sponsors! - May, 2015 and September, 2017 - 
  12. Applying for Indefinite Leave to remain - Jan, 2019 - £3018.20 + £1500 (Solicitors)
  13. Applying for Citizenship - September, 2020 - £1349.20
  14. Applying for British Passport - Mar, 2021
  15. Renunciation of Indian Citizenship - Jan, 2023

Finding Universities

After completing my Bachelor's in Technology in Computer Science in May 2010, I found myself at a crossroads. Despite receiving a job offer from HCL for a customer operations position, I felt a strong inclination to further my education. 

With this goal in mind, I embarked on a journey to explore higher education opportunities. I headed to New Delhi to explore what options were out there and to tackle the IELTS exams, which are pretty much a must for anyone eyeing international study gigs.

After meticulous preparation and dedication, I successfully cleared the IELTS exams, opening doors to a world of educational prospects. Among these opportunities was an enticing offer to pursue a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Hertfordshire. What made this offer even more appealing was the added bonus of a modest scholarship, which served as a testament to my academic prowess and potential in the field.

Choosing to accept this offer marked the beginning of an exciting chapter in my academic and professional journey. It was a decision fueled by a fervent desire to delve deeper into the realms of AI and robotics, driven by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and a thirst for innovation.

As I reflect on this pivotal moment in my life, I am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way and the unwavering determination that has propelled me forward. This decision not only shaped my academic trajectory but also laid the foundation for a fulfilling career dedicated to pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation.

Getting the student visa

Had to pay a lump sum fee of £2500 to the University 
Used it to apply for the student visa
Got the visa in about a week.
Packed my bags and flew to the UK end of September, 2010