New UK immigration stats show that over 37,500 Indian students received a Tier 4 (study) visa in 2019 – a 93 per cent increase from the previous year.
This represents the largest number of study visas issued to Indian students over the last eight years and continues the strong upward trend in Indian student numbers since 2016. Indians are currently the fastest growing nationality for student visas.
“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,” said Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner to India. “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.”
What’s more, Indian nationals also received over 57,000 Tier 2 skilled work visas last year. This accounts for over 50 per cent of all skilled work visas granted – meaning more were granted to Indians than the rest of the world combined.
These statistics follow a series of visa policy announcements by the UK, including the establishment of a new Graduate route (allowing eligible students to stay in the UK for two years post study) and the introduction of a new points-based immigration system.
The new Graduate route, announced last year, will allow eligible international students to stay in the UK for two years after completing their studies to work or look for work. Graduates will also be able to switch into skilled work once they have found a suitable job. It will be introduced from the summer of 2021.
Earlier this month, the UK launched a new Points-Based Immigration System – a new single global system that will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally. The system, to be introduced from the start of next year, will give top priority to those with the highest skills and the greatest talents, including scientists, innovators and academics.
Article published 28th February 2020