Britain issued maximum number of visas to Indians in 2022

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The British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis praised the scheme calling it an “excellent opportunity for India’s brightest young people”…reports Asian Lite News

India topped the list of countries to which the United Kingdom issued the most number of visas in 2022. The UK issued 2,836,490 visas last year, with 25% of those going to Indian nationals. This included a record number of student visas from India, which saw a 73% increase in 2021. Additionally, work visas issued to Indian nationals increased by 130%. India also had the largest share of visit visas, with 30% of the world’s visit visas being issued to Indians.

Earlier, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis took to Twitter to announce the same.

Despite the talk around stricter immigration policies, the UK government has taken steps to invite more migrants to the country. The India-UK Young Professionals Scheme is an example of this, as it aims to attract young graduates from India to live, study, travel and work in the UK for up to two years. This is a positive move towards strengthening the relationship between India and the UK, as it allows for cultural exchange and injects expertise into both economies.

The eligibility criteria for the scheme seem reasonable, requiring applicants to have a bachelor’s degree or above and possess a minimum amount of savings. It is also important that applicants do not have any serious criminal convictions and meet the English language requirement, which ensures that they can integrate into UK society and contribute positively to the economy.

The British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis praised the scheme calling it an “excellent opportunity for India’s brightest young people”.

India has a wealth of talented individuals, and it is important to provide them with opportunities to develop their skills and gain experience in other countries. The UK benefits from the contributions of Indian students and professionals to its economy, and it is important to continue to build on this relationship.

The announcement came even as India and Britain opened their visa application process for students to apply for the new Young Professionals Scheme (YPS) under the India-UK Migration and Mobility partnership.

Launched last month, the scheme allows Indian citizens between 18 and 30 years old to live and work in the UK for up to two years.

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