42% of skilled worker tier 2 visa applications made by Indians were sponsored by companies from the UK’s information technology sector, closely followed by professional, scientific and technical activities (19%) and financial and insurance activities (12%), according to the Hindustan Times report.
Across the entire skilled worker visa program, the top three countries whose nationals were granted Tier 2 visas were India, the USA and Australia. Meanwhile, Indians also represent the biggest group among skilled worker visa holders in Britain who had been granted settlement (also known as permanent residence) based on five years in the UK in 2010.
From this group of skilled Indian nationals from 2010, 32% were granted settlement while a further 12% were approved for further leave to remain in the UK.
In 2016, the estimate for UK immigration numbers was 596,000. In contrast, the estimate was 619,000 a year earlier. The 2016 estimate was the lowest since June 2014. Meanwhile, the number of foreign students arriving in the UK continued to fall. In 2016, 134,000 entered Britain compared with 175,000 a year earlier.
According to the quarterly Migration Statistics report, 76,225 (39%) of the 194,608 student visas issued by the UK were granted to Chinese nationals in 2016, while Americans accounted for 13,701 and Indians 10,798.