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The British High Commission in India has instructed all Indians who wish to travel to the United Kingdom to apply for their visas at the earliest.
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The High Commission has asked Indian travellers to the UK to do so as the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI), a division of the UK Home Office responsible for the country’s visa system, is experiencing an unusually high demand for applications.
The High Commission posted on the social media website Twitter that ‘’UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is experiencing very high demand meaning that, in some cases, it may take longer than usual to process visas. We encourage all new applicants to apply for their visa as early as possible and not make travel plans until you receive your visa.”
Commenting on this, Alex Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India, said that this rush was due to the high influx of international students to the country.
Adding to this, he said that the priority on students and the results of the Afghan crisis mean that an individual must apply for visas as early as possible.
According to the latest data from the UK, the number of international students coming to the country has increased 30% in comparison to the previous year. This has lead to India leading the charts in skilled work visas.
Moreover, the UKVI has already issued study visas to 62,646 candidates by the end of June this year, compared to issuing only 14,349 visas at the same time the previous year.