Vastavam web: Visas granted to Indian nationals to check at universities within the UK have greater than doubled over the previous year. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) discovered that Indian nationals accounted for 17 per cent of the overall 299,023 sponsored examine visas granted by the UK Home Office within the yr ending March 2020, with the quantity greater than doubling from 2019 to hit a complete of 49,844 grants – a steady rise since 2016.
However, the coronavirus lockdown post-March is but to be accounted for within the figures, which might additionally affect numbers from India. “After a period of stability, we were seeing migration levels begin to increase in the past 12 months leading up to the coronavirus pandemic. This was being driven by increases in non-EU student arrivals, mainly from China and India,” stated Jay Lindop, Director of the Centre for International Migration on the ONS.
However, there is some concern among British universities that many overseas students may choose to defer their plans for study abroad amid the coronavirus lockdown travel restrictions. The National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU-UK) had conducted a survey of Indian students to assess the impact of the lockdown on the higher education sector and found that nearly half of Indian students with an admission offer to a UK university from September 2020 were unsure whether to accept.