Indians are on top of the list of cross-sector skilled work and student visas. The immigration services announced it on Thursday in London. The skilled work visas granted rose from 13,390 in 2021-22 to 21,837 in 2022-23. Around 92,951 (41%) Graduate route extensions were granted to Indian students in March 2023. Only postgraduates can bring their families to the UK.
Also, for healthcare visas, a hike of 14,485 to 29,726 was registered for Indians in the UK. Nigeria now has the highest number of sponsored study visa holders. Whereas, Indian nationals remain the second highest with an increase from 22, 597 to 42,381.
As per home analysis notes, ‘Grants for Indian students have risen markedly since 2019 and now it is seven times higher.’ Indians were on top in the Worker category visa, representing one-third of the grants (33%). The grants were for both skilled workers and health & care visas.
Moreover, the UK Home Secretary Suella Braceman reportedly announced that there will be changes in student rights for visa holders regarding the stay of family members. This will be applicable only for PhD level students.
International students will be only allowed to bring dependents only when they are on postgraduate courses designated for research programmes. These are one of the ways to curb migration as per immigration services.
Furthermore, the latest ONS figures released on Thursday migration figures hit a record of 6,06,000 in 2022-23 from 504,000 the previous year. A sharp rise in workers and students from the European Union was noticed. People from the EU on student and work visas with Ukraine and Hong Kong schemes contributed.