17 January 2022
A report released by the British government has shown that a record number of UK study visas were granted to international students in the year ending September 2021, with Nigerian students amongst the biggest beneficiaries.
In the year ending September 2019, Nigerian students were granted 7,860 study visas, but by September 2021, this had risen 368% to 36,783. China, India, the United States and Pakistan completed the top five for overall visa approval between 2019 and 2021.
One reason for the huge increase is due to the new UK Graduate Route visa which was introduced in June 2021. Once graduated, those who wish will be eligible to remain in the UK for up to two years to live, work and look for employment.
My counsellor contacted me every day throughout the application process and helped me receive an unconditional offer. I am so grateful to SI-UK and will never forget them. I will study very hard as I feel this is the best reward I can give the whole team.
Sade Onyeje Social Work at Birmingham City University