93% increase in Indians who got UK study visas

93% increase in Indians who got UK study visas

Over 37,500 Indians received UK study visas in 2019, a 93% increase from last year’s number.

The latest UK Immigration Statistics, which was published last week, revealed that this is the largest number of UK study visas which have been issued to Indian students across the previous eight years.

This rise denotes the continuation of the strong upward trend in UK student visa numbers for Indians, which has continued to grow since 2016.

Indians fastest growing nationality receiving UK study visas

This ongoing trend comes alongside new government visa policy announcements, which will make visa applications easier for prospective Indian students.

The new graduate post-study work route, which will be introduced next year, allows eligible international students to stay in the UK after their studies to seek employment.

Under the new visa reform proposals by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, foreign students will have access to the UK post study work visa (PSW) that will grant them the right to work in the country for up to two years after graduation.

Jan Thompson, the Acting High Commissioner to India, responded to this statistic with the statement: “This phenomenal increase in student visa numbers is testament both to the UK’s world leading education system and to the exceptional talents of Indian students. We couldn’t be prouder that the best and brightest continue to pick the UK, making the living bridge between our countries stronger each day.”

The UK also launched a new Points-Based Immigration System earlier this month, which it claims will prioritise individuals on the grounds of their skills and talents.

Indians who applied for UK visas had a 95% success rate

With regards to other visa types, in 2019, over 57,000 Tier 2 skilled work visas were granted to Indian nationals, a number which accounts for more than 50% of all skilled work visas granted globally.

Out of all of the Indian nationals who applied for a UK visa last year, 95% of these were successful, which is an increase of 5% compared to applications submitted last year.

Barbara Wickham, Director (India) at the British Council, said that: “It is exciting to see so many Indian students trusting the UK as the destination for their education and furthering their careers. This bodes very well for both countries’ continued focus on realising their knowledge ambitions in a fast changing world.”

Earlier this year, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced that top scientists and researchers will be given fast tracked entry to the UK as part of its newly-launched Global Talent visa scheme.

A recent UCAS report also found that foreign students are almost twice as likely (54.1%) to apply to a London university or college compared to students applying from the UK (27.8%).

Pic: Heidi Fin

Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

Josephine is an experienced journalist who previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Falmouth Anchor. She is also the former Deputy Editor of Voices, the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union’s publication, and has written for various food and lifestyle publications.

You can reach her at josephine@globaleducationtimes.org

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