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Study overtakes work as common reason to move to UK, but not for Indians

The number of work visas granted (Tier 2) touched an all-time high of 113,958 of which 57,199 were given to Indians.

March 02, 2020 / 02:05 PM IST

Education has overtaken employment as the most common reason (since 2012) to move to the United Kingdom. However, for Indians, working in the UK still is more popular than getting a British degree.

The total number of work visas granted (Tier 2) touched an all-time high of 113,958 in 2019, of which 57,199 were given to Indians.

This assumes importance because there is a general perception that work visas will be tightened in the UK as a consequence of Brexit (United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union). Indians, however, form the largest chunk of international skilled professionals with a Tier 2 (work visa) in the UK.

Fresh data released by the UK Home Office showed that the UK granted 285,508 Tier 4 or study visas in 2019. That makes Tier 2 visas at 113,958 less than half this number.