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Nigeria emerges third largest nationality granted UK Sponsored students visa in year ending June 2022

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Nigerian students’ visa approvals to the United Kingdom rose from 8,384 to 65,929 from year ending 2019 to year ending June 2022, a 686% increase.

This was disclosed by the UK Home Office in its National Statistics report titled, “Why do people come to the UK? To work”, published on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

The report also added that India and China had 117,965 and 115,056 students at year ending June 2022, with a growth rate of 215% for India and -4% for China during the same period.

What the report is saying

UK’s Home Office stated that in the year ending June 2022, there were 486,868 Sponsored study visas granted (including dependants), 71% more than in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic.

Nigerian nationals saw the largest relative increase in Sponsored Study visa grants compared with 2019, increasing from 8,384 to a record high of 65,929 (nearly an eight-fold increase), making them the third largest nationality in the latest year.

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Pakistani nationals also saw a large increase, rising by 377% with 23,490 student visas granted across this period.

The report added that Chinese and Indian nationals together comprise almost half (48%) of all Sponsored study grants.

Image credit: UK Home Office

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