The non settlement visas like visit and study visas being granted to the Indian nationals who seek to visit Britain has crossed the 90% mark. With almost 9 of the 10 Indian citizens get the UK visa.
This was announced by the regional director of UK Visas and Immigration, Nick Crouch while giving interview to English news daily.
According to him, till the end of June 2013, UK granted around 3,87,943 visas to the citizens of India at the rate of issuance of 89%. Which also includes around 3,09,956 visit visas. And till the end of June 2014, UK granted around 3,92,748 visas to the Indian citizens at 91% of issuance rate. Including 3,09,448 visit visas. And in the year, 2015, UK had issued around 4,42,644 visas at the rate of 91%. Including 3,55,686 visit visas.
India was the first nation where the UK introduced the same day Super Priority Visa, it was launched in the year 2013 and till now more than 1,300 visas of Super Priority has been granted and it is costing around 600 pounds apart from the visa cost.
The figures are showing that this year’s initial six months has witnessed the increase in visa issuance with up to 68% when compared to the same period last year.
The UK has also witnessed the large number of Super Priority Visas were granted in the cities like Chennai, which is followed by Delhi and then Mumbai.
In these two years 2013-15, UK has issued around 39,818 Tier 1 student visas to those students who seek education in the UK. By the end of the year 2014, the rate of visa grants was 75%, and it was 88% in the year 2015.
According to Nick Crouch, visa and immigration department of the UK has always been looking forward to enhance the services of visa and also takes on regular feedback from the tourism and business sectors. As this year Gurgaon saw the launch of Premium Lounge and the department has always been looking for the new sites for opening the centres for visa applications.
He also informed that by the end of the year 2015, UK has also granted visit visas to Indian nationals. Around 1,80,107 visas has been issued, and it saw an increase of 15% compared to the previous year.
Nick Crouch had welcomed the Indians and said that there is no limit on number of students to the UK, but there is a limit on granting of work visas.