UK student visas drop by one-fifth

February 28, 2013

The number of UK visas issued to international students has dropped by a fifth, although applications for university student visas have risen by 3%, according to the latest data from the UK Office of National Statistics. There were 209,804 study visas issued for the year ending December 2012, a fall of 20% from the year before. While there was an 8% increase in the number of visas issued to Chinese nationals, there was a sizable drop in study visas issued to students from South Asia. Pakistani (-69%), Indian (-50%), Sri Lankan (-72%), and Bangladeshi (-53%) nationals all saw steep declines. Times Higher Education