30% increase in visa and extension applications in the third quarter of 2022

The news comes as the Office for National Statistics reports the highest ever figure for net migration to the UK, reaching 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 confirmation of acceptance for consideration, authorities saw almost 80,000 more in the last quarter where data is available for 2022.

Not counting applications for extensions, the UK received 462,660 applications with CAS in the year to the third quarter of 2022, compared to 356,559 applications for study visas it received during the year until the third quarter of 2021.

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

In the full year to Q3 2022, 146,473 visa applicants used the Russell Group institutions CAS, which is only slightly higher than the 145,947 in the year to Q3 of the previous year.

CAS usage outside the Russell Group saw a big jump, from 179,176 in the year in Q3 2021, to 272,357 in the year in Q3 2022.

Institutions of higher education, higher education and colleges fell from 5,872 in Q3 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 Q3 2022.

Other quarters over the past year have also seen year-over-year increases.

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In addition to generating income that is invested in “cutting-edge education and research sectors and driving economic growth in all regions of the country”, international students bring a range of cultural, social and economic benefits to the UK, said a spokesman for the Russell Group.

“The increase in the number of those moving on to the graduate route is welcome news and shows that efforts to attract students from around the world are beginning to bear fruit,” they added in a statement to The PIE.

“It is important that the government continues to review the paths of graduates”

“The global market for international students is highly competitive. It is important that the government continues to review the graduate pathway to ensure it is internationally competitive and works with university networks and the British Council’s Study UK campaign to promote it in key markets prioritized in the strategy. of international education from the UK such as India and Nigeria.

According to the ONS, the increase in international student arrivals is leading to “record levels” of long-term immigration to the UK.

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

“With the lifting of travel restrictions in 2021, more students have arrived in the UK after studying remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.”

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

However, a range of other reasons, including people arriving for humanitarian protections and family reasons, have also led to large increases, Lindop added.

The graduate visa route, launched in June 2021, “may also” have influenced the increase in the number of those arriving to study in the UK.

The ONS noted that the research showed that “students are generally a very mobile population”, pointing to a previously published analysis which found that 61% of non-EU students left at the end of their study visa during of the academic year ending in 2019.

“More students have arrived in the UK after studying remotely during the coronavirus pandemic”

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

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

He revealed that 78 per cent of the institutions’ £719m revenue in 2021/22 came from tuition fees. The overall total increased by 1% over the previous year.

Three providers collected more than £30million in tuition fees for non-EU students in the 2021/22 academic year, the data shows.

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

CEG UFP, in turn, saw all of its £34m tuition fees come from non-EU students.

Analysis by consultancy data HE found that the combination of high inflation, lack of government support and no tuition increase has strained university finances, as reported Times Higher Education.

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