11 percent more Indian travelers have visited the United Kingdom from July 2018 to June 2019, compared to the same previous 12-month period.
According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics latest quarterly report on Migration Statistics over 503,000 Indian passport holder were granted with visitor visas for the year ending June 2019.
British High Commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith asserts that the new figures are good news for the relationship between the UK and India. He also believes that the growing number of Indian travelers to the UK proves that the UK is a welcoming place for Indians to work, study and vacation.
“It looks like the number of Indian fans who travelled to the UK for the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales was even greater than we imagined and I hope to see even more visitors from India in the future. The more Indians who visit, the stronger the living bridge becomes between our two countries. I look forward to working with our partners in India to ensure this impressive record continues,” he says.
According to the report, Indians and Chinese nationals account for 49% of all visitor visas granted by the Home Office. The number of Indian students in the UK has reached an increase of 42%. About 22,000 Indian nationals were granted with a Tier 4 (study) visa in this period, which number is almost twice as big three years ago.
The number of increased student visas has been surprising, as India was excluded from relaxed UK student visa rules announced on June 2018. The decision had sparked outrage among Indian-origin UK residents.
During July 2018 to June 2019, another over 56,000 citizens of India received a skilled work visa, making them the greatest national group receiving this visa, or 52% of all Tier 2 visas granted globally.
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