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Keeping in view a global audience and major theme of the UK Visa Blog i.e. provision of better and factual information relating to UK Visa, Immigration, Settlement, Appeals, Judicial Review, Refusals and Reapplications, therefore, the home page provides information and links, where possible, relating to the following subject matter:

  • UK Visa and Immigration Blog– Purpose and Focus;
  • Visitor Visa Applications, Refusals and Judicial Review;
  • UK VISA Applications, Grants and Refusal Rate from Outside the UK:
    1. WORK & IMMIGRATION VISA:
      • Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent– Tier 1 General, Tier 1 Investor, Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, Other Permit Free Employment– High Value;
      • Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent Tier 2 General, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers Short Term, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers Long Term, Tier 2 – Ministers of Religion, Tier 2 Sportsperson, Work Permit Holders, Tier 2 Dependant; 
      • Tier 5 & pre-PBS equivalent Tier 5 Charity Workers; Tier 5 Creative and Sporting; Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange; Tier 5 International Agreement, Tier 5 Religious Workers; Tier 5 Youth Mobility, Tier 5 Dependant;
      • Non-PBS– Domestic Workers in Private Households, UK Ancestry, Other Permit Free Employment;
      • Other– Other permit free employment not allocated;
    2. STUDY VISA Tier 4 General Student, Tier 4 Child Student, Non-PBS Shor Term Study and English Language (previously known as Student Visitors);
    3. FAMILY VISA– Partner, Partner (for immediate settlement),  Child,  Child (for immediate settlement), Other, and Other (for immediate settlement);
    4. DEPENDANT Joining or AccompanyingPartner, Child and Other;
    5. OTHER (VISIT, EEA) VISAEEA Family Permits, Visitors (Main Applicants), Visitors (Dependant), Transit, Other Temporary, Certificate of Entitlement to Right of Abode, Other settlement (indefinite leave);
  • Grants of EXTENSIONS to STAY in the UK and Refusal Rates:
    1. WORK & IMMIGRATION EXTENSIONS:
      • Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent– Tier 1 General, Tier 1 Investors, Tier 1 Entrepreneurs, Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent and Tier 1, Post Study;
      • Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent– Tier 2 General, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers, Tier 2 Ministers of Religion, Tier 2 Sportsperson;
      • Tier 5 & pre-PBS equivalent– Tier 5 Charity Workers; Tier 5 Creative and Sporting, Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange, Tier 5 International Agreement, Tier 5 Religious Workers;
      • Non-PBS– Domestic Workers in Private Households, UK Ancestry, Other Permit Free Employment;
      • Other pre-PBS equivalents or non-PBS categories;
    2. STUDY EXTENSIONS– Tier 4 General Student, Tier 4 General Student Doctorate Extension Scheme, Tier 4 Child Student;
    3. FAMILY EXTENSIONS– Fiancé(e)s, Partner, UK Born Children, Family Life (10-year route), Other Relatives;
    4. OTHER (VISIT) EXTENSIONSVisitors, Private Life, Other, Unknown;
  • UK SETTLEMENT Grants and Refusal Rate:
    1. WORK & IMMIGRATION SETTLEMENTS– Employment with a Work Permit After 4/5 Years, Tier 1 High-Value Migrants, Tier 2 Sponsored with a Job, Tier 5 Temporary workers and Youth Mobility, Permit-Free Employment, Businessman, Persons of Independent Means, Commonwealth Citizens with a UK-born Grandparent;
    2. ASYLUM: SETTLEMENTS– Work Refugees and Persons Given ELR, HP or DL;
    3. FAMILY SETTLEMENTS– Husbands, Wives, Children, Parents and Grandparents, Other and Unspecified Dependants;
    4. OTHER SETTLEMENTS– Other Grants and Category Unknown;
  • BRITISH CITIZENSHIP Grants and Refusal Rate:
    • Naturalization and Registration;
  • ASYLUM Claims and Decisions:
    • Grants and Refusals;
    • Pending Initial Decision or Further Review;
  • Residence Documentation EEA NATIONALS.

Purpose and Focus of the Blog Posts

The Blog provides information relating to:

  1. UK Visit Visa Applications such as Standard Visitor Visa, Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visa, Marriage or Civil Partnership Visitor Visa, Parent of a Tier-4 Child;
  2. Reapplications in case of past Refusal(s) and also Appeals and Judicial Reviews against UK Visa Refusal (and Ban) Decisions;
  3. Points Based System (PBS) Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Investor, Tier 2 General Worker, Intra-Company Transfers, Tier 4 Student and Tier 5 Temporary Workers;
  4. Settlement and Family Visas as spouse, civil partner, fiance(e), unmarried or same-sex partner, dependant child, parents or relatives settlement in the UK;
  5. EEA Family Permits and Post Brexit Settlement of EU Citizens in the UK;
  6. UK Visa Fee and Processing Times; and
  7. UK Visa Refusal Rates and Reasons for Refusals.

UK Visitor Visa Applications, Refusals and Judicial Review

Keeping in view the magnitude of the visitor visas i.e. 4 out of 5 visas are issued to applicants from outside the UK are issued for visiting the UK, therefore, it is pertinent to state that most of our audience like to know more and better about UK Visit Visa Application Process, especially if they have experienced either one or more past refusals. Therefore, some explanation on the types of UK Visitor Visa and links to further details are as under:

  • Standard Visitor Visa for the Family, General Tourist, Child, Sports Visitor. Business visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors, and dentists and Entertainer Visitors. UK Visit Visa for Prospective Entrepreneur, Private Medical Treatment and Approved Destination Status;
  • Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visa for Visiting Examiners or Lecturers, Assessors, Qualified Lawyers, Designated Air Pilot Examiners, Arts, Sports and Entertainment Professionals;
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership Visitor Visa;
  • Parent of a Tier-4 Child Visit Visa.

UK Visa Applications, Grants and Refusal Rate from Outside the UK

According to the Official Statistics during the Second Quarter (April-June) 20171,036,552 Applications were made for Entry Clearance from Outside the UK.

977,989 applications were Resolved during the Quarter, and 885,794 Visas were Granted and as many as 89,731 applications were Refused. Therefore, the overall UK Visa Refusal Rate during the Second Quarter (Q2) of 2017 was 9.18%. Moreover, 2,427  applications were withdrawn and 37 applications lapsed during the quarter.

According to the Official Statistics, the 885,794 Visas were granted under five broad categories to applicants from Outside the UK:

  1. 46,582 WORK & IMMIGRATION-related visas were granted during the Q2 2017 with a Refusal Rate of 5.07%;
  2. As many as 86,837 STUDY-related visasincluding Short-Term Study, were issued during the Q2 2017, with a Refusal Rate of 4.45%;
  3. 7,383 FAMILY-related visas were issued during the second quarter of 2017 with a Refusal Rate of 15.83%;
  4. During Q2 2017, 1,818 visas were issued to DEPENDANTS Joining or Accompanying with a Refusal Rate of 7.40%; and
  5. 743,374 visas were issued in ‘OTHER’ Category with a Refusal Rate of 9.87%, during the Q2 2017. Here it is important to note the ‘Other‘ Category mostly comprised of Visitor Visa. As many as 621,701 and 104,414 visitor visas were issued to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants, with a Refusal Rate of 10.22% and 6.86%, respectivelyTherefore, the total number of visitor visa granted during Q2 2017 stood at 726,115 and accounts for 81.97% of the total visas issued during the three months period from April to June 2017.

UK Work Visa Grants and Refusal Rate from Outside the UK

46,582 Work Visas were granted during the Q2 2017, under Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent, Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent, Tier 5 & pre-PBS equivalent, Non-PBS and Others to the Main Applicants and their Dependants with the following breakup:

  1. Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent– a total of 565 and 619 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Tier-1 & pre-PBS equivalent during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 34.32% and 25.09%, respectively. Please note: during Q2 2017 visas were granted in these sub-categories: Tier 1 General, Tier 1 Investor,  Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, Other Permit Free Employment– High Value;
  2. Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent- a total of 12,633 and 10,956 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Tier-2 & pre-PBS equivalent during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 2.06% and 1.73%, respectively. Please note: during Q2 2017 visas were granted in these sub-categories: Tier 2 General, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers Short Term, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers Long Term, Tier 2 Ministers of Religion, Tier 2 Sportsperson, Work Permit Holders, Tier 2 Dependant;
  3. Tier 5 & pre-PBS equivalent- a total of 11,948 and 480 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Tier-5 & pre-PBS equivalent   during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 2.06% and 1.73%, respectively (please note: Tier 5 & pre-PBS equivalent has sub-categories: Tier 5 Charity Workers; Tier 5 Creative and Sporting; Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange; Tier 5 International Agreement, Tier 5 Religious Workers; Tier 5 Youth Mobility, Tier 5 Dependant);
  4. Non-PBS- a total of 9,215 and 3 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Non-PBS work visas during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 10.02% and 50.00%, respectively;
  5. Other- a total of 163 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under Other Work Visas during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 1.20%.

Tier 1 & Pre-PBS Equivalent Visa and Refusal Rate

565 and 619 visas were granted to Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent Main Applicants and to their Dependants, respectively, under the following categories:

  1. Tier 1 General-  although this category is long being discontinued; however, one (1) visa was granted to the Main Applicant under PBS Tier-1 General during Q2 2017 and 31 Visas were granted to the Dependants of PBS Tier-1 General with a refusal rate of 35.29%;
  2. Tier 1 Investors- a total of 85 and 117 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 Investor during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 11.46% and 16.43%, respectively;
  3. Tier 1 Entrepreneurs- a total of 222 and 401 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 Entrepreneur during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 47.33% and 29.03%, respectively;
  4. Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs- a total of 53 and 11 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 11.67% and 8.33%, respectively;
  5. Tier 1 Exceptional Talent- a total of 85 and 59 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 Exceptional Talent during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 1.14% and 3.28%, respectively;
  6. Other Permit Free Employment (High Value)- a total of 119 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under Other Permit Free Employment (High Value) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 38.73%.

Tier 2 & Pre-PBS Equivalent Visa and Refusal Rate

12,633 and 10,956 visas were granted to Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent Main Applicants and their Dependants, respectively, under the following categories:

  1. Tier 2 General- a total of 4,325 visas to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 2 General were granted during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 4.56%;
  2. Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers- a total of 85 visas to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers were granted during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 1.16%;
  3. Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers Short Term- a total of 1,895 and 1,932 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers Short Term during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 0.16% and 0.57%, respectively;
  4. Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers Long Term- a total of 6,201 and 5,641 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers Long Term during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 0.24% and 0.34%, respectively;
  5. Tier 2 Ministers of Religion- a total of 72 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 2 Ministers of Religion during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 34.23%;
  6. Tier 2 Sportsperson- a total of 31 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 2 Sportsperson during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 6.06%;
  7. Work Permit Holders- a total of 24 visas were granted to the Main Applicants as Work Permit Holders during Q2 2017. 17 Visas were granted to the Dependants of the Work Permit Holders with a refusal rate of 5.56%;
  8. Tier 2 Dependant- a total of 3,366 visas were granted to Tier 2 Dependants during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 4.57%.

Tier 5 & Pre-PBS Equivalent Visa and Refusal Rate

11,948 and 480 visas were granted to Tier 5 & pre-PBS equivalent Main Applicants and their Dependants, respectively, under the following categories:

  1. Tier 5 Charity Workers- a total of 384  visas were granted to the Main Applicants  under PBS Tier 5 Charity Workers during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 11.70%;
  2. Tier 5 Creative and Sporting- a total of 2,182 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 5 Creative and Sporting during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 6.57%;
  3. Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange- a total of 2,274 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 1.85%;
  4. Tier 5 International Agreement- a total of 118 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 5 International Agreement during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 23.08%;
  5. Tier 5 Religious Workers- a total of 424 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 5 Religious Workers during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 18.93%;
  6. Tier 5 Youth Mobility- a total of 6,566 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 5 Youth Mobility during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 1.08%;
  7. Tier 5 Dependant- a total of 480 visas were granted to PBS Tier 5 Dependant during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 16.64%.

Non-PBS Work Visa Grants and Refusal Rate

9,215 and 3 visas were granted to Non-PBS (work) Main Applicants and their Dependants, respectively, under the following categories:

  1. Domestic Workers in Private Households- a total of 8,131 and 3 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Non-PBS Domestic Workers in Private Households during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 10.57% and 50.00%, respectively;
  2. UK Ancestry- a total of 919 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under Non-PBS UK Ancestry during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 3.66%;
  3. Other Permit Free Employment- a total of 165 visas were granted to the Main Applicants under Non-PBS Other Permit Free Employment during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 15.31%.

UK Study Visa Grants and Refusal Rate from Outside the UK

86,637 Study Visas (including Short-Term Study) were granted during the Q2 2017, to the Main Applicants and their Dependants with the following breakup:

  1. Tier 4 General Student– a total of 30,639 and 1,553 visas were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Tier 4 General Student during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 1.37% and 9.64%, respectively;
  2. Tier 4 Child Student- a total of 1,241 to the Main Applicants under Tier 4 – Child Student during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 5.379%;
  3. Non-PBS– a total of 53,204 to the Main Applicants under Non-PBS (Short-term study- previously Student Visitors) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 5.96%.

UK Family Visa Grants and Refusal Rate from Outside the UK

7,383 Family Visas were granted during the Q2 2017, with the following breakup:

  1. Partner– a total of 5,791 visas were granted under Family: Partner during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 7.26%;
  2. Partner (for immediate settlement)– a total of 73 visas were granted under Family: Partner (for immediate settlement) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 6.41%;
  3. Child- a total of 8 visas were granted under Family: Child during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 42.86%.
  4. Child (for immediate settlement) a total of 377 visas were granted under Family: Child (for immediate settlement) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 40.15%. 
  5. Other- a total of 1,106 visas were granted under Family: Other during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 35.96%.
  6. Other (for immediate settlement)– a total of 28 visas were granted under Family: Other (for immediate settlement) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 62.16%.

Dep. Joining or Accompanying Grants from Outside the UK

1,818 Dep. Joining or Accompanying Visas were granted during the Q2 2017 with the following breakup:

  1. Partner- a total of 569 visas were granted under Joining or Accompanying: Partner during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 6.38%;
  2. Child- a total of 1,243 visas were granted under Joining or Accompanying: Child during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 7.62%;
  3. Other- a total of 6 visas were granted under Joining or Accompanying: Other during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 40.00%.

UK Other (Visit) Visa Grants and Refusal Rate from Outside the UK

743,374 Other Visas were granted during the Q2 2017, with the following breakup:

  1. EEA Family Permits- a total of 5,545 visas were granted under EEA Family Permits during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 30.22%;
  2. Visitors (Main Applicants)- a total of 621,701 visas were granted under Visitors (Main Applicants) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 10.22%;
  3. Visitors (Dependant)– a total of 104,414 visas were granted under Visitors (Dependant) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 6.86%;
  4. Transit- a total of 5,676 visas were granted to Visitors (Dependant) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 5.86%;
  5. Other Temporary- a total of 5,280 visas were granted to Visitors (Dependant) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 0.77%;
  6. Certificate of Entitlement to Right of Abode- a total of 434 visas were granted to Visitors (Dependant) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 13.93%;
  7. Other settlement (indefinite leave)- a total of 324 visas were granted to Visitors (Dependant) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 22.57%.

Grants and Refusal Decisions for Extension of Stay in the UK

During the Q2 (April-June) 2017, a total of 40,181 Decision were made on the applications for an extension to stay in the UK. 

37,282 applicants were granted extensions to stay in the UK; whereas, 2,899 refusal decisions were made. Therefore, the overall Refusal Rate for extensions to stay in the UK hovers in the range of 7.21% i.e. one out of every 14 applications for an extension to stay in the UK was refused.

It is further added that 28,953 and 11,228 extension applications were made by Main Applicants and their Dependants during the Q2 2017, respectively. Extensions were granted to 26,651 Main Applicants and 10,631 Dependants. As many as, 2,302 and 597 applications for an extension to stay in the UK by the Main Applicants and their Dependants were refused, with a Refusal Rate of 7.95% and 5.32%, respectively.

Accordingly, 37,282 extensions to stay in the UK were granted under the following categories:

  1. 17,890 WORK & IMMIGRATION-related extensions to stay in the UK were granted during the Q2 2017 with a Refusal Rate of 6.41%. Here it is important to note: the Immigration Visas for high-value migrants such as Tier-1 Entrepreneur and Tier-1 Investor are also broadly categorized under work-related visas in the official statistics;
  2. As many as 2,438 STUDY-related extensions to stay in the UK were granted during the Q2 2017, with a Refusal Rate of 6.52%;
  3. 13,461 FAMILY-related extensions to stay in the UK were granted during the Q2 2017 with a Refusal Rate of 4.28%;
  4. During Q2 2017, 3,493 extensions to stay in the UK were granted under ‘OTHER’ Category with a Refusal Rate of 20.52%.

Grants and Refusal Rate- Extensions of Stay in the UK for Work

17,890 WORK-related extensions to stay in the UK were granted during the Q2 2017, to the Main Applicants and their Dependants with the following breakup:

  1. Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent– a total of 1,018 and 1,079 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main and Dependants Applicants under Tier-1 & pre-PBS equivalent during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 27.03% and 12.77%, respectively (please note during the quarter extensions were granted in the sub-categories: Tier 1 General, Tier 1 Investors, Tier 1 Entrepreneurs, Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, Tier 1 Post Study);
  2. Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent- a total of 6,962 and 6,461 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under Tier-2 & pre-PBS equivalent during  Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 4.17% and 2.46%, respectively (please note during the quarter extensions were granted in the sub-categories: Tier 2 General, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers, Tier 2 Ministers of Religion, Tier 2 Sportsperson);
  3. Tier 5 & pre-PBS equivalent- a total of 238 and 106 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under Tier-5 & pre-PBS equivalent during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 8.11% and 5.36%, respectively (please note during the quarter extensions were granted in the sub-categories: Tier 5 Charity Workers; Tier 5 Creative and Sporting, Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange, Tier 5 International Agreement, Tier 5 Religious Workers);
  4. Non-PBS- a total of 1,464 and 82 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under Non-PBS work visas during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 9.85% and 1.2%, respectively (please note during the quarter extensions were granted in the sub-categories: Domestic Workers in Private Households, UK Ancestry, Other Permit Free Employment);
  5. Other pre-PBS equivalents or non-PBS categories- a total of 480 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to Dependant Applicants under Other pre-PBS equivalents or non-PBS categories during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 6.98%.

Tier 1 & Pre-PBS Equivalent Extensions and Refusal Rate

1,018 and 1,079 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent Main Applicants and to their Dependants, respectively, under the following categories:

  1. Tier 1 General-  a total of 20 and 173 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 General during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 9.09% and 6.99%, respectively;
  2. Tier 1 Investors- a total of 233 and 390 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 Investor during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 7.54% and 3.47%, respectively;
  3. Tier 1 Entrepreneurs- a total of 591 and 420 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 Entrepreneur during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 36.86% and 23.22%, respectively;
  4. Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs- a total of 120 and 57 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 7.69% and 6.56%, respectively;
  5. Tier 1 Exceptional Talent- a total of 53 and 39 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 1 Exceptional Talent during Q2 2017. The refusal rate for the Main Applicants was 1.85%;
  6. Tier 1 – Post Study- one(1) extension to stay in the UK was granted to the Main Applicant under PBS Tier 1 Post Study during Q2 2017.

Tier 2 & Pre-PBS Equivalent Extensions and Refusal Rate

6,962 and 6,461 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent Main Applicants and their Dependants, respectively, were issued under the following categories:

  1. Tier 2 General- a total of 5,233 and 4,188 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 2 General during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 4.87% and 3.10%, respectively;
  2. Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers- a total of 1,597 and 2,135 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 0.50% and 0.42%, respectively;
  3. Tier 2 Ministers of Religion- a total of 93 and 89 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 2 Ministers of Religion during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 21.85% and 18.35%, respectively;
  4. Tier 2 Sportsperson- a total of 39 and 49 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 2 Sportsperson during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 2.50% and 0.00% (zero), respectively.

Tier 5 & Pre-PBS Equivalent Extensions and Refusal Rate

238 and 106 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to Tier 5 & pre-PBS equivalent Main Applicants and their Dependants, respectively, under the following categories:

  1. Tier 5 Charity Workers- a total of and 9 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 5 Charity Workers  during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 22.22% and 0.00% (zero), respectively;
  2. Tier 5 Creative and Sporting- a total of 59 and 5 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 5 Creative and Sporting during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 4.84% and 0.00% (zero), respectively;
  3. Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange- a total of 78 and 45 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange  during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 6.02% and 8.16%, respectively;
  4. Tier 5 International Agreement- a total of 71 and 41 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 5 International Agreement during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 2.74% and 0.00% (zero), respectively;
  5. Tier 5 Religious Workers- a total of 23 and 6 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under PBS Tier 5 Religious Workers during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 28.13% and 25.00%, respectively.

Grants of Non-PBS Work-Related Extensions and Refusal Rate

1,464 and 82 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to Non-PBS (work) Main Applicants and Dependants, respectively, under the following categories:

  1. Domestic Workers in Private Households- a total of 327 and 30 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Non-PBS Domestic Workers in Private Households during Q2 2017, respectively. No application was refused in this category.
  2. UK Ancestry- a total of 133 and 52 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and Dependants under Non-PBS UK Ancestry during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 4.32% and 1.89%;
  3. Other Permit Free Employment- a total of 1,004 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants under Non-PBS Other Permit Free Employment during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 13.30%.

Extension Grants for Study in the UK and Refusal Rate

2,438 extensions to stay in the UK were granted during the Q2 2017 to the Main Applicants and their Dependants with the following breakup:

  1. Tier 4 General Student– a total of 1,128 and 795 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 4 – General Student during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 8.59% and 7.02%, respectively;
  2. Tier 4 General Student Doctorate Extension Scheme- a total of 327 and 126  extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under PBS Tier 4 General Student Doctorate Extension Scheme during Q2 2017, respectively. There was no refusal under this category; 
  3. Tier 4 – Child Student- a total of 62 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants under PBS Tier 4 Child Student during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 6.06%.

Extension Grants for Family in the UK and Refusal Rate

13,461 Family-related extensions to stay in the UK were granted during the Q2 2017,  with the following breakup:

  1. Fiancé(e)sone(1) extensions to stay in the UK was granted under Family: Fiancé(e)s during Q2 2017 and no refusal was recorded;
  2. Partner– a total of 8,862 and 621 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Family: Partner during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 2.00% and 0.96%, respectively;
  3. UK Born Children- a total of 4 extensions to stay in the UK were granted under Family: UK Born Children during Q2 2017 with no refusals;
  4. Family Life (10-year route) a total of 3,529 and 432 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Family: Family Life (10-year route) during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 8.27% and 18.34%, respectively; 
  5. Other Relatives- a total of 10 and 2 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Family: Other Relatives during Q2 2017 with a no refusals.

Other Extension Grants to Stay in the UK and Refusal Rate

3,493 Other extensions to stay in the UK were granted during the Q2 2017, with the following breakup:

  1. Visitors- a total of 142 and one(1) extensions to stay in the UK was granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Other: Visitors during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 8.39% and 50.00%, respectively;
  2. Private Life– a total of 596 and 144 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Other: Private Life during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 33.03% and 15.79%, respectively;
  3. Other– a total of 1,448 and 302 extensions to stay in the UK were granted to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Other during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 24.62% and 12.21%, respectively;
  4. Unknown- a total of 860 extensions to stay in the UK were granted as Other:  Unknown during Q2 2017 with a refusal rate of 5.70%.

UK Settlement Grants and Refusal Rate During April-June 2017

During the Q2 2017, cumulative grants for settlement in the UK stood 13,826; whereas, 728 applications were refused. Accordingly, the refusal rate of the settlement applications made inside the UK hovered in the range of 5.00%.

During April-June 2017, 4,320 WORK-related settlements3,124 ASYLUM-related settlements976 FAMILY-related settlements, and 5,406 OTHER settlements were granted.

4,320 Work-Related Settlements were granted during the Q2 2017 with the following breakup:

  1. Employment with a Work Permit After 4/5 Years- a total of 15 and 35 settlement grants to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Work: Employment with a Work Permit After 4/5 Years during Q2 2017, respectively;
  2. Tier 1 High-Value Migrants- a total of 437 and 402 settlement grants to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Work: Tier 1 High-Value Migrants during Q2 2017, respectively;
  3. Tier 2 Sponsored with a Job- a total of 1,824 and 998 settlement grants to the  Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Work: Tier 2 Sponsored with a Job during Q2 2017, respectively; 
  4. Tier 5 Temporary workers and Youth Mobility- one (1) settlement grant to the Main Applicants under Work: Tier 5 Temporary Workers and Youth Mobility during Q2 2017; 
  5. Permit-Free Employment, Businessman, Persons of Independent Means- a total of 145 and 58 settlement grants to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Work: Permit-Free Employment, Businessman, Persons of Independent Means during Q2 2017
  6. Commonwealth Citizens with a UK-born Grandparent- a total of 314 and 91  settlement grants to the Main Applicants and to their Dependants under Work: Commonwealth Citizens with a UK-born Grandparent during Q2 2017.

A total of 3,124 Asylum-Related Settlements were granted to Work Refugees and Persons Given ELR, HP or DL during the Q2 2017. 1,548 Main Applicants and 1,576 Dependants were granted settlement in this category during April-June 2017.

976 Family Formation and Reunion related settlements were granted during the Q2 2017 with the following breakup:

  1. Husbands- a total of 169  settlement grants to the Main Applicants  under Family Formation and Reunion: Husband during Q2 2017;
  2. Wives- a total of 575  settlement grants to the Main Applicants under Family Formation and Reunion: Wives during Q2 2017;
  3. Children- a total of 213 settlement grants to the All Applicants  under Family Formation and Reunion: Children during Q2 2017;
  4. Parents and Grandparents- one (1) settlement grant to the Main Applicant  under Family Formation and Reunion: Parent and Grandparents during Q2 2017;
  5. Other and Unspecified Dependants- a total of 18 settlement grants to the Main Applicants under Family Formation and Reunion: Other and Unspecified Dependants during Q2 2017.

Other Settlement Grants in the UK During April-June 2017

5,406 Other settlement grants during the Q2 2017 with the following breakup:

  1. Other Grants- a total of 5,376 settlement grants to the All Applicants under Other Grants during Q2 2017;
  2. Category Unknown- a total of 30 settlement grants to the All Applicants under Category Unknown during Q2 2017.

British Citizenship Grants and Refusal Rate April-June 2017

In the Q2 2017, 35,009 Applications were made for British Citizenship i.e. 25,180 Applications for Naturalization and 9,829 Applications for Registration.

As many as 27,050 Decisions were made on the British Citizenship related applications. British Citizenship was granted to 24,715 applicants; whereas, 2,335 applications for Citizenship were either refused or withdrawn with a refusal/withdrawal rate of 8.63% during the Q2 2017.

The 24,715 British Citizenship Grants were made in the following General Categories:

  1. Naturalisation based on residence- 13,128 Grants;
  2. Naturalisation based on marriage- 3,350 Grants;
  3. Registration of minor children related to a British citizen or on a discretionary basis- 6,029 Grants;
  4. Registration on other Grounds- 2,208 Grants.

Asylum Claims, Decisions, Refusals April-June 2017

In the Q2 2017, 6,172 Applications were made for seeking Asylum in the UK. 837 and 5,335 Asylum Applications were ‘received at ports’ and ‘in-country’, respectively, during April-June 2017. 

Asylum Applications- Grants and Refusals Apr-Jun 2017

4,883 Total Initial Decisions were made during the Q2 2017 on the Asylum Applications  with the following break-up:

  • Total Grants 1,711Grants of asylum (1,541), Grants of HP (26), Grants of DL (12), Grants of ELR (0), and Other grants (132);
  • Total Refusals 3,172Certified refusals (592), Other refusals (2,255), 3rd country refusals (324), and Non-compliance refusals (1).

Asylum Applications- Pending Initial Decision or Further Review

As many as 23,416 Asylum Applications are pending as on June 30, 2017, with the following break-up:

  • Pending initial decision for less than or equal to 6 months– 10,856 Asylum Applications;
  • Pending initial decision for more than 6 months– 10,033 Asylum Applications;
  • Pending further review– 2,527 Asylum Applications.

Grant and Refusal of Residence Documentation to EEA Nationals

In April-June 2017, 106,115 Applications were made for the issuance of residence documentation (excluding Worker Registration Scheme) by the EEA nationals, with the following break-up:

  • Registration Certificates and Residence Cards (48,580 Application)Issued (36,944), Refused (5,736), and Invalid Applications (5,900);
  • Documents Certifying Permanent Residence and Permanent Residence Cards (57,524 Applications)Issued (46,908), Refused (5,844) and Invalid Applications (4,772);
  • Other 11.

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