UK Visas Issued In 2022 Exceeded Pre-Pandemic Numbers

UK Visas Issued In 2022 Exceeded Pre-Pandemic Numbers

Despite reports of curbing immigration, the UK granted more visas in 2022 than ever before.

According to the latest data, the Home Office issued 2,836,490 visas in 2022. A significant amount of this was made up of work visas, with one in three of them going to Indian migrants. The number of people entering from Ukraine and Hong Kong also increased significantly.

The numbers stand in stark contrast to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's administration's goal of drastically reducing immigration, which was one of the primary goals the Conservatives voiced in their campaign for the 2016 election.

Work visa grants also reflect a severe shortage of labor across the UK as a result of Brexit and the pandemic.

Work Visas Granted By Country In 2022

  • India 138,027
  • Nigeria 34,133
  • Philippines 26,589
  • Zimbabwe 23,447
  • United States 12,169
  • Pakistan 10,726
  • Australia 11,467
  • South Africa 10,079
  • Ukraine 8,751
  • Ghana 6,544
  • Russia 5,754

Residence Visas Issued Increased

The latest visa figures released by the Home Office show that programs for refugees from Ukraine accounted for 210,906 visas last year. 

Despite wide-ranging sanctions on certain individuals, the number of Russians coming to work and live in the UK also increased since the war with Ukraine began. 

There are no direct flights between the UK and much of Europe and Russia, but 25,403 visas were granted for Russians to visit Britain, up 15 percent from 2021 levels. The number of work visas granted to Russians also increased in 2022.

A further 34,338 EU Settlement Scheme permits were issued in 2022 to family members of people from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland. This is almost six times the number that was granted in 2019 (6,611).

British citizenship was granted to 175,972 people in 2022, 10% more than in 2019 before the epidemic.

All of these statistics support the idea that the UK has historically been and continues to be a desirable place to live in.

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