Indians outnumbered Chinese for study visas in the UK

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Indians outnumbered Chinese for study visas in the UK

The British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis says, “Indian nationals were issued the largest number of UK study, work and visitor visas in the year ending June 2022.” This means that Indians have overtaken the Chinese nationality as the largest nationality that has received ‘sponsored study visas‘ in the UK.

According to the latest UK Immigration Statistics, nearly 118,000 Indian students have received student visas in the current academic year and a nearly 89% increase is observed from the previous year, which lead to India overtaking China as the largest nationality that has received sponsored study visas in the UK.

British High Commissioner Alex Ellis said: “India first again. I’m delighted that Indian nationals were issued the largest number of UK study, work and visitor visas in the year ending June 2022. More strength to the unique living bridge that connects our people. As this shows, we’re experiencing an unprecedented demand for visas. I encourage students starting courses soon to apply as early as possible.”

The UK is the most popular holiday destination that also holds the highest number of visit visas among Indian nationals as more than 258,000 Indian nationals received visit visas in June 2022. 

“In the year ending June 2022, Indian nationals also received nearly 103,000 Work visas (which includes skilled and seasonal workers) – a 148% increase over the previous year. Indian nationals continue to be the top nationality granted skilled worker visas, accounting for 46% of all skilled work visas granted globally,” the UK HC statement added.

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