Pakistani residents are among the many prime nationals to have been issued visas for the UK (UK) in numerous classes throughout the ongoing 12 months, figures from the UK Dwelling Workplace have revealed.
In response to the info, 6,662 Pakistani households had been granted visas for the UK throughout 2020, with an approval charge of 89 p.c which is the best amongst all of the South Asian international locations.
Candidates from India had been granted 3,348 household visas, 2,155 Bangladeshi candidates obtained visas, and 1,605 candidates from Nepal had been issued household visas. Total, South Asians accounted for 40 p.c of the overall household visa functions which have been permitted in 2020.
Within the Pupil class, 4,015 Tier 4 scholar visas have been granted to Pakistani candidates because the begin of the 12 months. The approval charge on this class is round 93 p.c, with a 2o p.c enhance from the earlier 12 months.
Likewise, 6,807 work visas had been issued to Pakistanis this 12 months, which included 2,223 expert work or Tier 2 visas.
Moreover, 30,208 Pakistani candidates obtained customer visas throughout this era, indicating a major surge within the total approval charge for Pakistanis.
The figures additionally present that 2,799 Pakistanis had been granted citizenship of the UK this 12 months as in comparison with 2,663 in 2019. 134 Pakistani passengers had been denied entry into the UK this 12 months as in comparison with 197 individuals in 2019.
The Dwelling Workplace stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected immigration to the UK.
“On the peak of the pandemic, from March to June, we witnessed a pointy fall within the grant charge as a result of lockdown and closure of our places of work. Nonetheless, the substantial enhance in different months resulted in a notable enchancment within the grant charge in comparison with the final 12 months,” it stated.
In response to the Dwelling Workplace, UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) officers have addressed the considerations of Pakistani candidates and are processing every utility with high-quality decision-making.
It added that the functions from Pakistan are being processed by Teresa Hardy who’s the Regional Director for Center East, North Africa, Central Asia, Pakistan, and Turkey (MENCAPT). She is a senior civil servant and has obtained the Most Wonderful Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen of England for her companies to the UK’s border safety.