According to a report published in the Hindustan Times, Indian nationals secured almost 60% of the Tier 2 skilled worker visas granted by the UK in the year ending September 2016, despite UK visa numbers falling to their lowest level since 2014. Employers need to have both a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence and a Certificate of Sponsorship for each employee they need to employ on Tier 2 Visas. The figures were released by the UK government on 23 February.
According to the quarterly Migration Statistics report, 53,575 of the 93,244 skilled worker visa applications that were approved went to Indians. Meanwhile, Indian and Chinese nationals accounted for the highest number of non-visitor visas granted.
The report’s findings place Indians way ahead of nationals from other countries in the Tier 2 Visa UK skilled work visa category. The next largest group were US citizens, accounting for 9,348 or 10% of the total number of Tier 2 visas granted.