UK may begin VISA restrictions for Nigerians, Here's why

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Due to the nation's objectives to reduce net migration, immigrants from Nigeria to the UK may encounter restrictions.

According to Home Office statistics, for the year ending in June 2022, Nigerians accounted for the biggest growth in the number of dependents accompanying those with study visas.

UK may begin VISA restrictions for Nigerians, Here's why
UK may begin VISA restrictions for Nigerians, Here's why

“In the year ending June 2022, there were 486,868 Sponsored study visas granted (to both main applicants and their dependants), 71% (202,147) more than in 2019,” the report reads.

“The number of Sponsored study visas granted in the year ending June 2022 is the highest on record in our time series, with the substantial increase representing both recovery from lower numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic and also an increase in the pre-pandemic period.

According to Daily Mail, the country represented 40 percent of the total number of dependants between June 2021 and June 2022, and “some 34,000 Nigerians were given study visas in the UK, bringing with them a total of 31,898 dependants”.

This is the highest on record in our time series, with the substantial increase representing recovery from lower numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic and an increase on the pre-pandemic period,”a home office spokesman told Daily Mail.

There were 117,965 grants to Indian nationals in the year ending June 2022, an increase of 80,569 (+215%) compared to 2019. Chinese nationals were the second most common nationality granted Sponsored study visas in the year ending June 2022, with 115,056 visas granted, 4% lower than the number seen in 2019 (119,825).

“In the other top 5 nationalities, Nigerian nationals saw the largest relative increase in Sponsored Study grants compared with 2019, increasing by 57,545 (+686%) to a record high of 65,929, making them the third largest nationality group in the latest year.”

In an effort to decrease the number of unskilled migrants, the UK home secretary and Nadhim Zahawi, minister for intergovernmental relations and minister for equalities, are reportedly also thinking about limiting the number of children who can travel with international students.

For work visas, Nigeria tallied the second-highest number of nationalities receiving permission for the most recent year.

Meanwhile, Suella Braverman, the UK home secretary,had earlier announcedher “aspirations” to cut the overall migration figure amid a growing clamour from party activists for the government to take control of immigration levels.

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