Indian students visiting the United Kingdom received 15,390 Tier-4 visas during the July 2017-June 2018. More Indians select the United Kingdom for pursuing studies or as a travel destination, as per the British High Commission in India. The number of student visas registered a boost of 32 percent. Moreover, there was a 10 percent increase in visit visas received by Indians from July 2017 to June 2018.
There is an increasing trend in the number of UK visas to Indian nationals as per the data of the UK Office for National Statistics. 90% Indian visa applications gain an approval which is higher than the global average.
Totally 550,925 citizens of India received the UK visa for the year which ended in June 2018. This is 10 percent increase in comparison to the year ending June 2017. The figure for visit visas was 454,658, illustrating that the UK was a favorite nation for spending holidays.
The T4 visas, for Indian students, were 15,390, registering 32 percent increase over the previous year. Indian students arrive in the Kingdom for pursuing degree courses and some short-term courses also. 6,500 Indians arrived in the UK to pursue short-term studies.
Dominic Asquith, the British High Commissioner to India, expressed his pleasure that numbers of Indian students increased by 32%. This is proof that global students prefer to study in world class institutions and succeed in securing finest places. These figures strengthen the trend that Indians choose the UK for visiting, working and also for studying. India gets more UK work visas in comparison to the rest of the world. UK issued More than 60,000 work visas during the last year. Many Indian students visit the UK. In 2017 more than 14,000 Indian students received Tier-4 student visas and 5,000 short-time study visas.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged to add India in the list of countries with low risk, so that more students can receive relaxed visa norms. The Government feels that there is an issue with Indians regarding the persons who overstay.