The number of British visas issued to Indian students and holidaymakers increased by 10 per cent year-on-year in 2017.
According to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics, more than 526,000 UK visas were given to Indian nationals during the 12-month period. The number of visitor visas issued increased by 11 per cent to 427,000, while students visa numbers were up 28 per cent to 14,500.
Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India, said: “These statistics illustrate the continuing strength of the UK and India’s relationship. I am delighted that more Indians than ever before are choosing the UK for work, study, tourism and business travel.
“Particularly welcome is the 28 per cent increase in Indian students, showing that our world-class universities are again attracting more of India’s brightest and best young people.
“Our visa service for Indians is as good as any other. Almost 90 per cent of applicants are issued visas, in line with global norms. Some 99 per cent of Indian applicants get their visa within our 15-day service standard and we have more visa application centres across India than we do in any other country.”
Last month the UK government called on Indian nationals planning to travel to the UK in 2018 to get their visa applications in early.
The initiative, entitled #BEATthepeak, is urging people to make use of the government’s post-dated visa facility. Travellers are allowed to apply for a visa up to three months in advance of their journey and still receive the full six months.
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