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UK sees 63% increase in Student Visas issued to Indians

5 December 2019

Statistics released by the UK Immigration authorities have shown a 63% rise in the number of visas issued to Indian students to study in the UK this year.

In 2018, 18,730 students received tier-4 study visa, whilst in 2019 over 30,550 Indian students received a tier-4 (study) visa for the academic year ending September 2019. This is the largest number of grants issued to Indian students since 2011.

According to the British government, during the year, 276,889 sponsored study (tier-4) visas were granted (including dependants), a 16% increase from a year ago and the highest level since 2011.

Chinese and Indian nationals together accounted for over half of all non-EEA tier-4 visas granted, at 43% and 11%, respectively.

The latest visa statistics clearly show that the UK remains a popular destination for Indian students. Overall, it is estimated that about 90% of Indian applications are successful. Indian nationals also accounted for nearly 51% of all tier-2 work visas granted globally – with over 56,000 Indians receiving skilled work visas in the reporting period.

In addition to the long term tier-4 study visas, short-term student visas too were granted to 118,172 persons during 2019, the highest so far and 4% more than the previous year.

Barbara Wickham, director of British Council India, said:

"We are delighted to see year on year more Indian students choosing and trusting the UK education system. UK educational institutions equally benefit from the diversity of talent and culture that Indian students bring to campuses.”

Source: Economic Times


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