Indians and Chinese received 50% of UK Visitor Visas that constituted the bulk of the overall visas granted by the nation to the nationals from the non-EEA area. This was for the fiscal year that ended in June 2017.
The UK issued a total of 26.3 lakh visas in this period out of which 77% or 20.38 lakh were only UK Visitor Visas. This was an increase of 8% when compared to the same period in 2016. Out of the total 20.38 lakh, UK Visitor Visas allotted Chinese received 26% and Indians received 20% of these visas. The chief visa categories include study, work, and visitor.
4.14 lakh Indians were granted the visitor visas as revealed by the UK Home Office which was an increase of 10% from the previous year. Comparatively the Chinese were approved 5.36 lakh visas that were an increase of 24%, as quoted by the Times of India.
Apart from the visitor visas, the most common visas approved to the non-EEA nationals were the Study visas excluding short-term courses. For the year that ended June 2017 2.13 lakh visas were approved which was an increase of 4% from the previous year.
There was an increase in the % of visas approved to the three largest non-EEA student nationals. Students from China were approved 82, 200 visas which were an increase of 17% from the previous fiscal year. Indian students were approved 11, 700 visas which were an increase of 10% and US students were approved 14, 400 visas which were a hike of just 1%, as revealed by the UK Home Office.
The statistics of the UK Home Office reveal visa data only for non-EEA nations. The official statement explained this by saying that some non-EEA citizens such as the US usually do not need a visa to arrive in the UK. Thus the figures of the visitor visas granted to them are very less when compared with the total visas approved.
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