India, Sept. 30 -- Curbs by the United Kingdom, India and other countries due to the coronavirus pandemic led to a 'significant' fall in the number of UK visas issued, according to latest immigration figures for the year ending June 2020, by when the virus was rampant.

The Home Office figures reflect the impact of the pandemic until June, but later figures are expected to show a bigger fall in visas issued to Indian students, since most such visas are issued in July and August, before the academic year begins in September.

The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.

Overall, in the year ending June 20...