The UK granted the highest number of Visitor Visas to Indians till September 2018. 41,224 more visas were issued to Indians as compared to the previous year totaling up to 4, 68,923. India and China accounted for almost 47% of all the Visitor Visas issued by the UK.
The demand for Indian foreign workers also saw a rise throughout the year. 55% of all the Tier 2 Visas were granted to Indian professionals. This is as per the data released by the Office for National Statistics.
There was a 33% rise in the number of international students coming to the UK. 18,735 Indian students moved to the UK for higher education in 2018. Almost half of all the Student Visas were issued to Indian and Chinese students.
There was also a rise in the number of family visas issued to Indians. The numbers went up from 881 to 3,574. The number of EEA family permits that were issued to Indians went up from 4,245 to 8,360. EEA family permits are issued to family members of citizens of the European Union.
Official figures show that the number of EU citizens exiting the UK is more than the arriving numbers. This has renewed concerns over the impact of Brexit. The migration numbers from EU to the UK was at a six-year low. On the other hand, non-EU migration saw the highest numbers in the decade.
Madeleine Sumption says that post-Brexit; EU migrants have been leaving the UK in large numbers. Madeleine is the Director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University. She also added that the inflow of migrants from the EU has greatly decreased, as per the Hindustan Times.
The depreciation of the value of the “pound” has also lessened the charm of the UK. The UK has become less attractive to EU nationals as economic conditions in several other EU nations have improved. This improvement in the economy has led many EU migrants to move back to their home countries.
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