63 pc hike in Indian student visas to UK

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 4 December 2019

INDIAN TOURISTS
UK also remains a popular destination for Indian holiday makers. More than 5,12,000 Indians nationals received visit visas.

MUMBAI: Latest UK Immigration Statistics, published on November 28, show that over 30,000 Indian students received a Tier 4 (study) visa for the year ending September 2019, up from almost 19,000 the previous year. This remarkable 63 per cent increase year-on-year is almost four times the global rate.

In the last decade, more than 2,70,000 Indian students have benefitted from UK’s world leading education. 

Over 1,400 walk-ins were recorded during the recent Study UK Fair in New Delhi, which gave students an opportunity to interact with representatives from over 50 UK universities.

UK also remains a popular destination for Indian holiday makers. More than 5,12,000 Indian nationals received visit visas – a 9 per cent increase compared to the previous year.

Overall, it is estimated that more than 1 in 5 of all UK visas go to Indian nationals and 90 per cent of Indian applications are successful, above the global average. Indian nationals also accounted for nearly 51 per cent of all Tier 2 visas granted globally with over 56,000 Indians receiving skilled work visas in the reporting period.

Crispin Simon, British Deputy High Commissioner, Western India & Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner, South Asia, said, “This rapid increase in student visas reflects the strength of UK’s world class university system and institutions, which equally benefit from the diversity and talent that Indian students bring to the campus. It is important to us, because these young leaders of tomorrow will reinforce the living bridge that connects India and the UK.” 

Barbara Wickham, Director India, British Council, said: “We are delighted to see, year-on-year, more Indian students choosing and trusting the UK education system. UK education institutions equally benefit from the diversity of talent and culture that Indian students bring to campuses.”

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