New Delhi: A nine per cent increase was recorded in the number of Indian nationals receiving visas when compared to the previous year, as per a statistical survey. This year, over 5,12,000 Indian nationals had received their visit visas and a 63 per cent increase was recorded in the number of Indian students going to the UK for higher studies in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to the British High Commission quoted by news agency PTI.

Last year, 19,000 Indian students had received a Tier 4 (study) visa to the UK, while this year the figures have risen to more than 30,000, stated the latest UK immigration statistics.

“This remarkable 63 pc increase year on year is almost four times as fast as the global rate. In the last decade, more than 2,70,000 Indian students have benefitted from the UK’s world-leading education,” news agency PTI quoted an official statement as saying.

Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner to India Domini Asquith expressed delight at the fact that many Indians are opting to study at the world-class educational institutions in UK. News agency PTI quoted Domini Asquith as saying, “This is now the third consecutive year in which the numbers have increased. It is important to us because these young leaders of tomorrow will reinforce the living bridge that connects India and the UK.”