Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd 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, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 220354, how many study visas were granted for each of the top 10 nationalities 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:

Top 10 nationalities granted study entry clearance visas in each of the years 2009-2013 (including dependants)
Top 10 nationalities in 2013Study visas granted
China62,532
United States14,297
India13,603
Nigeria12,010
Malaysia9,994
Hong Kong9,653
Saudi Arabia9,361
Pakistan4,932
Thailand4,924
Russia4,622
Other72,697
Total218,625
Top 10 nationalities in 2012Study visas granted
China57,336
India17,271
United States13,674
Nigeria11,122
Pakistan10,984
Saudi Arabia9,943
Hong Kong8,845
Malaysia8,033
Thailand4,502
Russia4,206
Other63,833
Total209,749
Top 10 nationalities in 2011Study visas granted
China52,488
Pakistan35,659
India34,877
United States14,480
Nigeria12,103
Saudi Arabia10,085
Hong Kong7,576
Malaysia7,420
Bangladesh6,450
Korea (South)5,374
Other75,358
Total261,870
Top 10 nationalities in 2010Study visas granted
India49,406
China44,724
Pakistan26,490
United States14,985
Saudi Arabia14,560
Nigeria12,256
Bangladesh10,140
Sri Lanka9,454
Hong Kong7,225
Korea (South)7,036
Other89,268
Total285,544
Top 10 nationalities in 2009Study visas granted
India64,223
China37,820
Bangladesh18,164
Saudi Arabia17,862
United States15,291
Pakistan13,747
Nepal12,386
Nigeria12,237
Philippines8,180
Malaysia7,041
Other96,410
Total303,361
Source: Immigration Statistics, July - September 2014, table vi_06_q_s, Visas Volume 3.
Table notes:
1) The figures refer to entry clearance visas applied for outside the UK.
2) Student visitor visas are 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.
3) Dependants are included.

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-release

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

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