UUKi responds to record high number of annual Sponsored study visas granted
Last updated on Tuesday 14 Jun 2022 on 4:00pm
On 25 November 2021, the Home Office published the latest immigration statistics for the year ending September 2021.
The number of Sponsored study visas granted paint a positive picture for UK international student recruitment, with this being 'the highest annual number of Sponsored study visas granted on record with the substantial increase representing both a recovery from lower numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic but also increases on the pre-pandemic period.'
There were significant percentage increases across a number of the UK's key recruitment markets, including China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Responding to the release, Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International said:
It is simply fantastic to see such a strong percentage increase in the number of student visas granted over the past year. In the face of unprecedented challenges, UK universities have not only pulled through, but delivered a truly welcoming and high-quality experience for students around the world. Supported by flexible, understanding, and competitive policies from UK government, this has been an extraordinary period in the UK's international student recruitment. I hope we can take this collaborative spirit forward as we address existing challenges and opportunities in the recruitment space.