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Wednesday, 18 November, 2020, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

UK Immigration Minister asserts the country is open to welcoming Indian students

On the occasion of International Students Day celebrated on November 17, Kevin Foster MP, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, the UK has asserted that the country is open to students from India, highlighting visa flexibility around Covid-19, as well as the new Student Route, as reasons to continue choosing the UK for education.

Foster said, “Indian students have always been a huge part of our community – and we look forward to welcoming more to our world-leading universities. Put simply, we want the best and brightest to study in the UK, which is why we have made it easier to apply. The UK will always value and welcome international students, and whether now or in the future, we want Indian students to choose the UK as the place to fulfil their potential.”

Last year, over 48,000 students from India were granted a UK student visa – a 121% increase on the previous year. In addition, 99% of Indian students were successful in receiving a student visa – showing that the vast majority of UK student visa applicants are granted.
In addition, the UK’s new Student Route is a streamlined process making it convenient for Indian students, with benefits such as applying up to six months in advance, and additional opportunities to extend student visas from inside the UK.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK was among the first countries to introduce visa flexibility for students, including permitting remote study for the whole 2020-21 academic year and replacing thousands of expired visas free of charge so Indian students could still travel.
Furthermore, in Summer 2021 the UK will be introducing the Graduate Route, a new post-study work visa that will allow eligible students two years (or three years for PHD students) to stay back after they graduate to work, or look for work in the UK.
The Student Route and Graduate Route are part of the UK’s new points-based system, the new system of visas and immigration that the UK is opening in January 2021. This is envisioned to create a fairer, clearer system, where what matters is the skills an individual has rather than their nationality.

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