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UK doubled visa issuance last year, data confirms

02:37 PM | 19 Apr, 2024
UK doubled visa issuance last year, data confirms

LONDON - The authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) issued almost double the number of visas given to foreign health and care workers last year as the pressure against immigration piles up.

The data released on Thursday by the Home Office implies that Rishi Sunak's government might be up for a bigger challenge as the scale of immigration is visibly big. 

Government data shows that it awarded 337,240 work visas in 2023, 26% higher than in 2022. There was a  91% jump in health and care sector visas for the said period. Out of the 146,477 visas in that sector, over 60% were for workers in residential care homes and those providing care in people's own homes.

The challenge has become severe for the authorities as many workers awarded visas also brought dependants, with the health and care bracket accounting for 73% of the 279,131 visas given to the family members of workers- a figure which must have prompted the government to impose a ban on bringing dependents to the kingdom.

The statistics issued in November suggest that the annual net migration to the UK hit a record 745,000 in 2022.

It is to be highlighted that care workers were brought in from other countries through skilled worker visas from February 2022 to fill vacancies of over 150,000, or about 10% of the sector. The visas were issued as the demand from Britain's aging population increased.

Despite the issuance of visas, charities warn that heavy reliance on international staff increases the risk that they are brought into the country via gangs who exploit them by charging extra fees, overworking them, or making them work in other areas too.

The immigration challenge put so much pressure on the government that it introduced higher salary thresholds and curbs on care workers bringing in family members. Moreover, foreign postgraduate students on non-research courses have also been restricted from bringing family members to the UK.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 25 May 2024

      
Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 25, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.15 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.15 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.35 74.1
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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