An analysis of the number of UK visas received by Indian professionals and students has revealed a growth in percentage. In 2018, the skilled Indian professionals including doctors and software engineers received 54 percent of Tier-2 skilled visa category granted by the UK Government. These statistics were shared by the Home Office. Indian nationals marked the largest increase in the grant of Tier 2 Visas.
The number of visas granted is still being dominated by the Chinese students at 99,723 visas but marking a growth of only 13% from the previous year. The Indians had a growth of 35% as compared to the previous year.
The 2018 analysis reflects a continuing trend of increase in immigration to the UK from the non-European Union Nations such as India and China. The figures point out that 261,000 people came to the UK from non-EU countries such as India, which is considered to be the highest number since 2004. On the contrary, the net immigration rate from the EU countries has been seen to fall constantly to a level last seen in 2009.
Different patterns for EU and non-EU migration have been seen since mid-2016 and that is when the EU referendum vote took place. Because of an increase in the number of people reaching the UK for work and study purposes, the non-EU net migration is at the highest level since 2004. The Office of the National Statistics (ONS) revealed that overall, net migration, emigration, and immigration figures have been stable since the end of 2016. The British Prime Minister Theresa May had taken an oath to level the playing field to the migrant workers shifting to the UK. The issue of immigration is considered to be a highly disputable one in Britain.