Indian nationals also continue to be the top nationality granted ‘worker’ visas for the UK, accounting for 39% of the total with 56,042 visas issued. For the year ending September 2022, there has been an increase by 26,490 (+90%) as compared to 2019 (29,552), in this category.
Global events such as the world recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and international events (war in Ukraine, Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and National Security Law in Hong Kong), along with policy changes introduced as part of the new immigration system and the end of EU freedom of movement, have all had an impact on migration, according to a release from the UK Home Office.
“As a result, we are seeing large increases in numbers of visas granted on some of the most commonly used routes in the year ending September 2022, with large increases for sponsored study, non-temporary work and dependents of students and workers, as well as on the new humanitarian routes, the Home Office release said.
“Changes to travel plans caused by the emergence from the pandemic will have led to a higher number of visas being recorded in the most recent period. The reopening of travel opportunities has led to many people changing travel plans, whether for work, study or visits, in some cases recommencing, or bringing forward journeys they had planned during the pandemic.”