News Archive - September 2019

Indians Get 'More UK Work Permits Than All Other Countries Combined'

15 Sep 2019 | Carl Thomas

A new report by Universities UK International (UUKi) found that Indians are more likely to successfully gain tier 2 work permits than people from any other country. The report looked at graduates from 58 UK universities and found that Indians are also 23% more likely to end up with managerial positions after obtaining their UK visas than people with other nationalities too.

The study from UUKi surveyed more than 16,000 graduates in the UK, out of which 988 were Indian. The report asked people who graduated between two and seven years ago about their lives after university. According to the group, the outcomes were particularly positive for the Indian respondents, as 99% ended up in skilled work environments.

The study focused on the changing nature of the UK work permits and student visas available for people from overseas. Currently, the UK government is extending the buffer periods available for graduates, which means that postgraduates and undergraduates in education can stay in the country for up to 6 months after University. This is an upgrade to the previous four months allowed. Additionally, Ph.D. students are able to stay in the UK for a year as they apply for tier 2 work permits in their field.

Perhaps the most interesting finding of the study was that Indians rank the highest when it comes to successfully obtaining a tier 2 work permit, which is the standard for skilled workers. In the last year, approximately 56,000 Indians have been given their work permit in the UK. Additionally, studies indicate that there has been a 42% increase in Indian students coming into the UK over the last year. The tier 4 student visas (21,881 in total) also put Indians among the fastest-growing population of students in the UK today.

According to the Director of British Council India, Tom Birtwistle, the results are an insight into the contributions that Indian workers currently make to the UK economy.