According to the UK Office of National Statistics, ONS for short, skilled professionals from India got the majority of work visas issued by the UK government in the past few months.
According to the official report released by ONS on Thursday, it was glaring that the number of applicants from EU member-states seeking entry into the UK had declined as a result of Brexit. But then, the migrant’s numbers from non-EU member states like India have been on the rise. There were additional 2,266 Tier 2 visa issues to skilled professionals from India. This constituted 55% of visas given out in this category, making Indians the majority beneficiaries of the visa program. The Tier 2 visa is mostly used by IT Companies in India that are working on UK projects, to shuffle their workers.
Tier 2 Visas take up over half of all UK work visas, and the number of people applying for the visa increased by 15% compared to its statistics last year.
Other UK visas are also in high demand by Indians
The rate at which Indian students sought UK study visas also increased, recording a 33% rise. The number of these study visas issued to Indian student hit 18,735. In the tourism sector, Indians also dominated the statistics of applicants. While other countries were recording a surge of visitor visas hitting 41,224 visas, the UK was hitting a 10% increase of 468,923.
UK’s Home Office revealed that about half of all visitor visas issued were given to applicants from China and India. This last year, up to 881 additional visas were issued to Indians based on family reasons.
With negotiations for Brexit going on of which one of its implications is the end to free movement of people into and from the UK, the ONS revealed 219,000 citizens of the EU entered Britain while 145,000 left the country. This record marked the lowest EU migration since 2012.
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