Indians get largest share of U.K. student, skilled worker and visitor visas: official data

India displaces China to develop into the nation with the best variety of sponsored research visas within the U.Okay. for the primary time because the yr ending June 2011

India displaces China to develop into the nation with the best variety of sponsored research visas within the U.Okay. for the primary time because the yr ending June 2011

Indian residents acquired the biggest share of U.Okay. pupil, expert employee and customer visas for the yr ending June 2022, as per official knowledge revealed by the British authorities on Thursday. This knowledge comes as British visa candidates have confronted extreme delays within the adjudication of their functions, owing to a rise within the variety of candidates as journey recovers post-pandemic and the prioritisation of visas for Ukrainians.

As per the info, 1,17,965 college students acquired pupil visas within the yr ending June 2022, up 215% from 2019. India has displaced China to develop into the nation with the best variety of sponsored research visas within the U.Okay. for the primary time because the yr ending June 2011. Indian and Chinese language nationals get just below half of all sponsored research visas.

Indians acquired 1,02,981 work visas within the yr ending June 2022, an 80% enhance in comparison with the yr ending December 2019, simply earlier than the pandemic started. Nigeria, the Philippines, Zimbabwe and the USA adopted India (in that order) for work visas. Forty-six % of employee (previously, ‘expert employee’) visas went to Indians.

Indian nationals acquired 28% of customer visas within the yr ending June 2022, transferring forward of China, which was the biggest recipient pre-pandemic. (China has in depth quarantine necessities for people coming into or re-entering the nation). Greater than 2,58,000 Indians acquired vacationers visas — however this was nonetheless down 50% from the 2019 calendar yr. The most important fall over the identical interval was for Chinese language nationals (6,12,495 or 95%).

“India first once more. I’m delighted that Indian nationals have been issued the biggest variety of U.Okay. research, work and customer visas within the yr ending June 2022. Extra power to the distinctive residing bridge that connects our individuals,” British Excessive Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, stated in a press release on Thursday.

“As this exhibits, we’re experiencing unprecedented demand for visas. I encourage college students beginning programs quickly to use as early as potential.” Mr. Ellis stated. On August 12, he had posted a message on Twitter, apologising for the delays and acknowledging that they have been “inflicting a whole lot of issues”. In that message, Mr. Ellis had stated Britain was coaching extra individuals to work on visa functions and maintaining open precedence visa channels.

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