UK: 30% increase in applications for visas and extensions in Q3 2022 – The PIE News | Team Cansler

The news comes as the Office for National Statistics reports the highest ever figure for UK net migration, which reached 504,000 in the year to June.

Compared to the third quarter of 2021, when the UK received 237,563 visa and extension applications with a confirmation of admission to study, authorities saw nearly 80,000 more in the most recent quarter when data for 2022 is available.

Excluding applications for renewal, the UK received 462,660 applications with CAS in the year ending Q3 2022, compared to 356,559 student visa applications received in the year ending Q3 2021.

Across all institution types, non-Russell Group applicants increased from 104,653 in 2021 to 161,635 in 2022 and applications to Russell Group institutions increased from 104,456 to 116,355 in the third quarter.

Tertiary, further education and college providers increased from 5,872 in the third quarter of 2021 to 9,591 in the last quarter of 2022, independent schools remained stable, from 8,929 to 8,954, and English language schools increased from 2,997 to 4,854 in the third quarter of 2022.

Other quarters of the past year also recorded increases compared to the previous year.

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As well as generating revenue that will be invested in “world-leading education and research sectors and spurring economic growth in all regions of the country”, international students bring a range of cultural, social and economic benefits to the UK, said a Russell Group spokesman .

“The increase in those moving onto the graduate route is welcome news, showing that efforts to attract students from around the world are beginning to pay off,” they added in a statement to The PIE.

“It is important that the government continues to review the graduate path”

“The global market for international students is highly competitive. It is important that the Government continue to review the graduate pathway to ensure it is internationally competitive and work with university networks and the British Council’s Study UK campaign to promote it in key markets included in the UK’s international education strategy Priority, like India and Nigeria.”

According to the ONS, increasing arrivals of international students are driving “record levels” of long-term immigration to the UK.

“Migration from non-EU countries, particularly students, is driving this increase [in record levels of long-term immigration]’ Director of the Center for International Migration within the ONS, Jay Lindop, said in a statement.

“With travel restrictions lifted in 2021, more students have come to the UK after studying remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.”

It is “too early to say if this trend will continue,” the ONS said.

But a number of other reasons, including people arriving for humanitarian and family reasons, have also fueled a sharp increase, Lindop added.

The graduate visa route introduced in June 2021 has also ‘possibly’ impacted the increase in those coming to the UK to study.

The ONS noted that research has shown that “students tend to be a very mobile population”, citing a previously published analysis that found 61% of non-EU students at the end of their study visas in the academic year , which ends in 2019, have left the country.

“More students came to the UK after studying remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.”

“The majority of the remaining 39% of students received additional visas or visa extensions and likely left in subsequent years,” she added.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency, which became part of Jisc earlier this year, has also released data for 56 higher education providers in England with financial year ends between 1 August 2021 and 31 December 2021.

It turned out that 78% of the institutions’ £719m revenue in 2021/22 came from tuition fees. Overall, this means an increase of 1% compared to the previous year.

Data showed that three providers saw over £30m in tuition fees from non-EU students in the 2021/22 academic year.

Of the £108m received by BPP University in tuition fees for the academic year, £42m came from non-EU students, while tuition fees from non-EU students accounted for £40m of the total tuition income of £106m .£ accounted for. The remaining £65 million in tuition came from FE course fees.

CEG UFP, in turn, saw all of its £34million in tuition coming from non-EU students.

Analysis by consulting firm dataHE has found that the combination of high inflation, lack of government support and non-rising tuition fees has put university finances under pressure, as reported by times higher education.

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