Drop in Indian Student Applications for UK Universities Amid Visa Review Concerns

Drop in Indian Student Applications for UK Universities Amid Visa Review Concerns

Amidst an ongoing review of the post-study work visa and restrictions on bringing dependents on government-funded scholarships, official statistics reveal a notable decline in Indian student applications for UK universities. Recent figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) indicate a 4% drop in applications from India, totaling 8,770, and a significant 46% decrease from Nigeria, reaching 1,590.

While the overall international student applications for undergraduate places experienced a slight increase of 0.7%, the decline in applications from Indian and Nigerian students is noteworthy. The UCAS data for the current year suggests that the ongoing review of the Graduate Route visa, offering graduates an opportunity for extended work experience post-degree, may be a key factor behind this drop.

The independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), commissioned by the Home Office, is conducting the review of the post-study work visa. Indian nationals, representing the largest group of students granted leave to remain on this route, make up 43% of grants in the student visa category.

Additionally, recent measures implemented last month, restricting overseas students on non-postgraduate research courses and courses with government-funded scholarships from bringing along dependents, may have contributed to the decline in applications.

Dr. Jo Saxton, Chief Executive at UCAS, acknowledges the decline in applications from mature students, particularly impacting subjects like nursing. However, she emphasizes that the application window is still open until June 30, with the option to apply directly to Clearing afterward. The UCAS website offers valuable support, guidance, and tips for students navigating their higher education choices and future steps. Stay informed to make informed decisions about your academic journey.

Source: MSN