UK fills labour shortage; issues 3.2 lakh work visas

There has been a 45% rise in work visas, and the number of student visas issued to Indian students has also gone up 54%


A new record of sorts was achieved by the UK in terms of visas. The country granted a whopping 3,21,000 work visas to migrant workers seeking jobs until June this year. Of these, over 1.2 lakh visas were issued to people in health and healthcare roles, which was 157 per cent more than the previous year.

This is expected to fulfil the country’s labour shortage. Compared to last year, there has been a 45 per cent increase in work visas. With so many strikes happening in the National Health Service (NHS), the UK has been facing staff challenges for some time and has been looking towards job seekers from India and Nigeria to fill vacancies.

The UK government has also made visa rules simpler to facilitate importing of foreign workers.

There has also been a significant 54 per cent hike in the number of sponsored student visas granted to Indian students. More than 1.4 lakh visas were granted to Indian students, which is reportedly over 49,000 more than the number issued in June last year. The country issued about five lakh sponsored student visas in June this year, which is 23 per cent more than the same period in 2022, and almost a third of these were granted to Indians and about 1.5 lakhs to dependents of students.

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