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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Highest number of UK visas to Indians

Indo-Asian News Service, PTI  Bangalore, April 04, 2005
First Published: 19:20 IST(4/4/2005) | Last Updated: 22:17 IST(4/4/2005)

Britain issues more visas to Indians than to any other nationality, says British High Commissioner Michael Arthur.

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"Last year, the British embassy and the consulates issued about 270,000 multiple entry visas to Indians. We expect the number to go up by 30 per cent this year. The number will be crossing the 300,000 figure," he said.

"In fact, the number of visas issued to Indian citizens is by far the largest and more than we issue to citizens of any other country," Arthur added.

The increase in the number of visas could be seen in the light of increasing trade and economic ties between the two countries.

Even the number of visas to Indian students to pursue higher education in Britain had gone up substantially, he said.

"With more and more Indian students opting to study in the UK, we expect the number to go up to 15,000 this year, which will be a 30 per cent increase over last year. The number was 3,000 five years ago," the high commissioner disclosed.

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