As per a report by ANI news agency, the British High Commission in India on Friday in a statement said that Indian nationals continued to be the top nationality to be granted work visas, accounting for 39% of all visas issued.
Indians Received 39% of total work Visas
“Indian nationals also continue to be the top nationality granted ‘Worker’ visas, accounting for 39 per cent of the total with 56,042 visas issued. An increase of 26,490 (90 per cent) as compared to 2019 (29,552),” said British High Commission.
According to the British High Commission, for student visas, there were 127,731 grants to main applicant Indian nationals in the fiscal year ending September 2022, an increase of 93,470 (273 per cent) from the previous year (34,261).
Alex Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India in a recent social media post said, “We are on track to get back to processing India to Great Britain visa applications within our standard of 15 days.”
The report further stated that India has now surpassed China as the largest nationality granted sponsored study visas in the United Kingdom.
UK Immigration Statistics
According to the most recent UK Immigration Statistics, released on August 25, nearly 118,000 Indian students received a student visa in the fiscal year ending June 2022, representing an 89 per cent increase over the previous year.
The United Kingdom remained a popular destination for Indian tourists, with Indian nationals accounting for the highest proportion (28 per cent) of visitor visas granted, according to ANI.
In the fiscal year that ended in June 2022, more than 258,000 Indian nationals were granted visit visas, a 630 per cent increase from the prior year (when travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic were still in place).
Additionally, Indians received nearly 103,000 work visas (which includes skilled and seasonal workers) in the year ending in June 2022, a 148 per cent increase from the year before.
India continues to be the country from which the majority of skilled worker visas are issued, receiving 46% of all such visas worldwide.
(With Inputs From ANI)