The Home Office in London has revealed that Indians are the largest number of overseas skilled workers in the UK with a total of 53, 575 workers. The overseas skilled workers from the US were the second largest group with 9, 348 workers.
Indians represented the largest group of overseas skilled workers who were authorized to reside and work in the UK with around 57% of the total overseas skilled workers according to the official statistics revealed by the Home Office. In 2016 totally 93, 244 skilled work visas were approved out of which the share of Indians was 53, 575 visas, as quoted by the PTI.
Almost 42% of the skilled worker visas were sponsored by the Information technology sector, 19% of them was sponsored by scientific, professional and technical activities and 12% of the skilled worker visas were sponsored by insurance and financial sector. This data was shared in the immigration update of the Office of National Statistics.
Sponsored skilled visas were also dominated by Indian applications as they accounted for almost 30, 556 of the visa applications out of the total 56,058 visa applications.
Office for National Statistics also revealed that Indian citizens were offered the highest percentage of 40% of the total skilled work visas for the 2010 cohort. Out of these skilled Indian citizens, almost 32% of them had received settlement after a period of five years and additional 12% had a valid visa to reside in the UK.
The student visa statistics for India also witnessed a marginal increase with a total of 11, 330 visas approved in 2016 while compared to the 11, 160 visas that were approved in the year 2015. The latest statistics revealed by the Home Office further emphasizes the vitality of movement of professionals as a crucial feature of the broader bilateral relationship between the UK and India.
Recently, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha India’s High Commissioner in the UK had said that free movement of professionals was very important for India. There must be a system wherein the Indian professionals can freely arrive to and depart from the UK as their contribution to both the economies of India and the UK was very crucial, added Mr. Sinha.
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