So, it must have been evident to everyone by now, that besides countries like the US, Canada, and Australia, the UK has also been one of the prime destinations for international students who are considering planning their higher education abroad. Henceforth, quality education standards, easier and hassle-free visa procedures, working rights and opportunities after the completion of the study tenure have attracted students to migrate to the United Kingdom to study, work and settle there. But this blog is about the next big update from the UK: Dependent or Spouse visa.
As per the immigration updates, nearly 5 lakhs student visas were granted last year, and out of these numbers, India has emerged as one of the crucial markets for British Universities, having resulted in 1,61,000 Indian students migrating to the UK and nearly 32,000 spouse visa was issued. Indians being exceptionally talented, have dominated the skilled worker and student visa categories, and have been taking their spouses along with them.
However, the rumours have already started spreading like wildfire, that the United Kingdom is planning to bring these numbers down. Adding on to the same, only spouses/dependents of those students can travel along with them to UK, who have decided to take up “highly valuable” degrees such as postgraduate research degrees or PhD. /post-doctorate degrees. Some of the measures to bring down these numbers is to shorten the length of the post-study work visa for the main applicants.
However, according to some estimates, international students add up to almost 34 billion pounds per year to the UK’s economy, which also implies that the UK universities cannot risk going bankrupt while losing such an important marketplace that India is for them. On the same note, no official update has been posted on the official website of the British government immigration, but there is a high chance that any such laws might be enforced from 2024 intakes.