Entry Clearances

Home Office written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the top 10 nationalities granted study visas, other than student visitors, were in each year since 2009.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The information requested is given in the table below:

Lists of the top 10 nationalities granted study entry clearance visas in each of the years 2009-2013
Top 10 nationalities in 2013Rank
China1
United States2
India3
Nigeria4
Malaysia5
Hong Kong6
Saudi Arabia7
Pakistan8
Thailand9
Russia10
Top 10 nationalities in 2012Rank
China1
India2
United States3
Nigeria4
Pakistan5
Saudi Arabia6
Hong Kong7
Malaysia8
Thailand9
Russia10
Top 10 nationalities in 2011Rank
China1
Pakistan2
India3
United States4
Nigeria5
Saudi Arabia6
Hong Kong7
Malaysia8
Bangladesh9
Korea (South)10
Top 10 nationalities in 2010Rank
India1
China2
Pakistan3
United States4
Saudi Arabia5
Nigeria6
Bangladesh7
Sri Lanka8
Hong Kong9
Korea (South)10
Top 10 nationalities in 2009Rank
India1
China2
Bangladesh3
Saudi Arabia4
United States5
Pakistan6
Nepal7
Nigeria8
Philippines9
Malaysia10
Source: Immigration Statistics, July - September 2014, table vi_06_q_s, Visas Volume 3.
Table notes:
1) The top 10 nationalities in each year are listed in rank order.
2) Dependants were included in the figures on which the lists are based.
3) Student visitor visas were not included. Student visitors may come to the UK for up to 6 months (or 11 months for an English language course) and cannot extend their stay.

4) The figures used refer to entry clearance visas applied for outside the UK.

The latest Home Office immigration statistics are published in the Immigration

Statistics July – September 2014 (Entry clearance visas granted outside the UK

tables, volume 3, table vi_06_q_s), which is available from the Library of the

House and on the Department’s website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-relea

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It is planned to publish information for 2014 on 26 February.

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