UK Immigration: 63% of Student Visas Issued to Indian Students

December 8, 2021 |

Surge in Indian Student Visas for UK Universities

In the past year, there has been a remarkable 63 percent increase in student visas granted to Indian nationals for studying in the UK, as per data released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Rising Trend: Students Flocking to UK from India

According to recent reports, the issuance of student visas to Indian students has witnessed a significant surge. The number of visas soared to over 30,550 in September 2019 from 18,730 the preceding year, marking the highest number since 2011.

UK Remains a Preferred Destination

The UK government statistics reveal a robust increase in the overall issuance of tier-4 student visas. With a notable 16% uptick compared to the previous year. This is the highest level since 2011.

Furthermore, the data highlights that students from Indian origins constitute a substantial portion of the total non-European Economic Area (EEA) tier-4 visas, along with Chinese residents, accounting for over half of all such visas issued.

Indian Students: A Vital Component of UK’s Academic Landscape

The influx of students of Indian origins into the UK underscores the country’s enduring appeal as a premier educational destination. Over 270,000 Indian students are currently enrolled in various institutions across the UK.

This influx isn’t limited to student visas alone. There has been a notable rise in visit visas granted to Indian nationals, reflecting a burgeoning interest in exploring the UK for educational and leisure purposes alike.


In summary, the surge in student visas for Indian nationals signifies a growing trend of students coming from India choosing the UK for higher education. It also underscores the enduring appeal of UK universities on the global stage.

India origin students forming a significant part of the UK’s academic landscape. The country continues to be a preferred destination for international students seeking quality education and diverse cultural experiences.


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