Nigeria’s Visa Application Soar

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CEM REPORT | With the rate of strike in the education sector, student visa application has risen by 415.3 percent in 2 years.

The Times report titled, “Huge rise in non-EU migrants to Britain”, stated Nigerian students recorded the highest student visa approval jump in 2 years, from 8384 in 2019 to 43,200 by 2022, reflecting a rise of 415.3%

The report further stated, that foreign students soared last year, hitting a record high of 416,000, more than a half compared with 2019.

“The implementation of a points-based immigration system has opened up half of all jobs in the UK to foreign workers, by lowering salary and skill thresholds for migrants.

“Previously, employers had to prove that a British worker could not be recruited to fill a vacancy before recruiting from abroad. The number of professions that qualify for skilled visas has been significantly expanded to include jobs such as chef, bricklayer, electrician, welder, health and care worker, while the government also removed caps on most visa routes.”

Furthermore, the report added that Pakistan and India also recorded sharp rise in approved UK Sponsored Visas according to the report.

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Pakistan rose by 255.9% in 2021, and India rising, 164.1% in the same year.

For skilled Visas, Nigeria recorded the highest jump of 161% in 2 years from 3,918 to 10,245.

“Indian, Pakistani, Nigerian and Filipino workers accounted for most of the increase. Indians account for the largest number of skilled work visas, with 67,839 granted last year, 14% higher than 2019.

“Nigerians accounted for the sharpest increase of 161%, rising from 3,918 to 10,245 in the two-year period.

Workers from the Philippines rose by more than half, from 6,315 to 9,690 in the same period, while the number of Pakistanis granted skilled worker visas rose by almost two thirds from 2,702 to 4,387.

With the current rise of emigration the country continues to loose it economic labour strength to the Eastern world.

Recall that, UK Visas and Immigration stated it is currently prioritising applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme, following its launch and in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine.

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