- The UK is contemplating issuing a new Visa to Nigerians wishing to visit relatives in the nation.
- From January to June 2022, Nigerians accounted for 40% of all dependents accompanying students abroad
- This is higher than immigrants from any other country bringing dependents to the UK.
The UK is considering tightening rules on how many relatives immigrants can bring into the country.
Nigeria was mentioned after it was found to have the highest number of dependents compared to other migrant groups.
According to the Daily Mail, of the 34,000 Nigerians who received visas in 12 months, they arrived with a total of 31,898 dependents.
What this means is that for every 100 students in the UK, there are at least 93 dependents.
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A similar proportion was recorded for work visas, with 8,972 Nigerians issued, with one in the 12 months to June bringing with it 8,576 dependents.
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The Times also reports that Home Secretary Suella Braverman was considering tightening rules on dependents after Home Office immigration figures showed a “striking inconsistency” between different nationalities coming to the UK for work and to study.
The report says:
“According to the Home Ministry report, Nigerians accounted for 40% of all dependents accompanying foreign students in the 12 months to June, despite the fact that Nigerian students accounted for only 7% of all foreign students in that year. period.
“By comparison, 114,837 Chinese students who arrived in the UK last year brought with them a total of 401 dependents, while 93,049 Indian students arrived in Britain with 24,916 dependents, the figures show.”
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Miss Braverman and Cabinet Office Minister Nadhim Zahawi are also reportedly considering imposing a cap on the number of children foreign students can bring in in a bid to reduce unskilled migration.
However, the Home Secretary’s moves appear to have divided the cabinet and appear to be at odds with public opinion: a poll by Ipsos Mori found that just 29% of Conservative voters support a reduction in student immigration.
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Remember that legit.ng reported that reports have recently emerged that the UK has granted medical licenses to 266 Nigerians who moved to that country in search of greener pastures.
The rush of Nigerians to leave the country has caused countries around the world to develop special immigration laws that allow seamless visa application to their respective countries.
Every year, thousands of Nigerians apply for a UK visa in different classes. Some are rejected for various reasons.