LONDON British Home Office Minister has claimed that difficulties relating to the issuance of British visas for Pakistanis intending to visit the United Kingdom for different purposes including study, business and family matters have been resolved after overcoming hurdles to the new technology. Phil Woolas, the Minister responsible for UK Borders and Immigration at the launch of a new immigration policy, titled 'International Challenges, International Solutions here on Tuesday said: 'We were facing difficulties at the British High Commission in Islamabad a year ago. We had backlog and we had a number of problems not with the students visas but with the process and with the people who had taken an appeal and successfully won that appeal. The problems arose after the visa issuing process was shifted from Islamabad to Abu Dhabi ostensibly on security grounds. Known as 'Hub and Spoke visa processing programme, it began roll out in 2007 and has already moved decision work from 52 visa sections in British Embassies across the world to 22 global centres of excellence. The visa section in BHC in Islamabad receive all applications and the paperwork is forwarded to Abu Dhabi (Hub) where the applications are fully and comprehensively assessed before decision is made either to issue or not to issue the visas, he added. 'We did have problems with our technology, move to 'hub and 'spoke not just in Pakistan but also in other parts of the world with security issues, Woolas said. He mentioned the visit of Home Secretary Alan Johnson to Pakistan last year and his discussion with the Pakistani leaders. 'We value enormously our relationship with Pakistan for trade, culture and education. We have solved these problems and the turn around time within our service level agreement is proper. There has been a steady number of students coming to our country. The British Minister maintained that the problems they experienced and that led to review were not caused by the students from Pakistan. Barbara Woodward, Director, International Group, UK Borders Agency said that in 2009 more visas were issued to Pakistani students as compared to 2008. She said the visa rate for Pakistan students in 2009 was higher and that was due to a very welcome cooperation from the Pakistani Government that helped them perform background checks on educational backgrounds of the students. 'This has been really a very good example of where we cooperate with the host country to make sure that we get genuine students and also a real breakthrough in support from Pakistan government to help our 'hub and spoke model, so we have been able process Pakistan student visas more quickly. These problems are largely resolved and the system is working as it should, she said. Peter Jones, Migration Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, remarked that the British Government had quite an extensive dialogue with Pakistan on a whole range of migration issue and not just visa matters. This also included returning illegal migrants to their country of origin. Woolas ruled out granting any amnesty to thousands of illegal migrants living and working in the UK and said the Government is not working on this policy at all. 'The international action plan-a joint strategy by the Home office and FCO underlines the need to take the fight against human traffickers, forgers and foreign criminals to the source with the new UK Border Agencys work overseas more crucial than before, he said. Woolas together with FCO Minister Ivan Lewis committed to support circular migration to reduce impact of skills loss on other countries, ensuring migrants are able to send money back home and enabling those who need protection to seek refuge as close to home as possible. During 2008-09, UK Border Agency stopped 67,000 inadequately documented passengers from boarding planes to the UK. It also referred suspected fraudulent visa applications to police abroad leading to more than 1280 arrests across the globe, he added. About circular migration Woolas said: 'There is no question that migration has brought benefits to the UK economy. Many of those who come here plug hard to fill jobs gaps, playing a key role in running public services especially in health and education. He further said:Britain in benefiting, it is important that we do not deprive other countries of the skilled people they need most. Its in our long-term interest that they have doctors, nurses and teachers who are so crucial to their development. Thats why, particularly in these difficult times, we must ensure those do come here are given the opportunity to help back home and invest their new found skills.