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Indians, the fastest growing nationality for UK student visas

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that Indians have emerged as the fastest growing nationality for student visa applications to the United Kingdom. Registering a straight 93% year on year rise, over 37,500 Indian students received a Tier 4 (Study) visa in 2019, the largest number of visas issued in the Tier 4 category to Indians over the last eight years. The introduction of a new Graduate Visa route, launched recently for the 2020-21 intake of international students, is likely to augment this further.

“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,” opined Jan Thompson, acting high commissioner to India.

With over 57,000 visas granted to Indian workers last year, Indians also held on to their global lead in the Tier 2 skilled visa category for the UK and accounted for over 50% of all such visas. UK also continued to be a popular choice for Indian tourists. More than 515,000 Indian nationals were granted visit or tourist visas last year – an 8% surge compared to the previous year.