UK Visa & Immigration Statistics 2008-18: Entry Clearance, Leave to Remain and ILR (Settlement)

This relates to UK visa and immigration statistics 2008-18 for entry clearance, leave to remain (extension and switching) and ILR (settlement) applications.

1. Entry Clearance 2. Leave to Remain 3. ILR

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1. Entry Clearance

UK Visa and Immigration Statistics 2008-18

During 2008-18 more than thirty million (30,253,870) Entry Clearance Visa Applications were made from outside the UK. 30,282,225 applications decided, 26,104,387 visas granted, 4,006,913 applications refused, 145,737 applications withdrawn, and 25,188 applications lapsed. Accordingly, during the period, the UK visa success and refusal rate for all types of entry clearance visa applications is 86.20% and 13.23%, respectively. Table No. 1

Contrary to the general perception, the number of UK entry clearance visa applications and success rate are showing an upward trend in recent years. Accordingly, the greatest number of 3.29m and 3.06m applications were made in 2018 and 2017, which is 19.67% and 11.30% higher than the 10-year period average 2.75m applications per year. The UK visa success rate success rate in 2017 and 2018 is 88.74% and 88.20%, respectively, which is more than 2% higher than the period average of 86.20%. The UK visa refusal rate in 2017 and 2018 is 10.95% and 11.54%, respectively, which is lower than the period average of 13.23%.

UK Visa and Immigration Statistics - Entry Clearance (EC) 2008-18

Year Decisions Refusal Rate
2008 2,402,475 17.84%
2009 2,449,587 17.48%
2010 2,553,749 14.86%
2011 2,616,350 12.26%
2012 2,569,695 12.67%
2013 2,840,792 11.68%
2014 2,770,896 11.13%
2015 2,849,880 13.06%
2016 2,883,431 13.79%
2017 3,051,304 10.95%
2018 3,294,066 11.54%

2. Leave to Remain Applications

UK Visa and Immigration Statistics 2008-18

During 2008-18, the Home Office decided a total of 3,478,048 leave to remain and extension applications. Accordingly, the Home Office granted 2,990,092 leave to remain and refused 487,956 applications. Therefore, the leave to remain (extension and switching) success and refusal rate from inside the UK was 85.97% and 16.32%, respectively. Table No. 2

UK Visa and Immigration Statistics - Leave to Remain (LTR) 2008-18

Year Decisions Refusal Rate
2008 389,145 6.75%
2009 393,854 15.20%
2010 371,868 16.78%
2011 347,637 13.82%
2012 291,827 10.29%
2013 394,592 22.30%
2014 290,377 18.47%
2015 262,470 17.78%
2016 228,914 12.96%
2017 232,884 8.30%
2018 274,480 8.77%

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3. ILR

UK Visa and Immigration Statistic 2008-18

During 2008-18 period, the Home Office decided a total of 1.52 m ILR applications under the four broad categories i.e.

  1. Work
  2. Asylum
  3. Family Formation and Reunion (Spouse and Dependants)
  4. Other

Accordingly, the Home Office granted 1.44 m (i.e.,1,447,513) Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and refused 75,079 ILR applications. Therefore, the ILR success and refusal rate has been 95.07% and 5.19%, respectively. However, it has oscillated within a narrow band. In 2013 the ILR success rate was as high as 96.94% but in 2016 it was as low as 91.89%. Afterwards, in 2017 and 2018 the ILR success rate has slightly improved to reach a level of 94.65% and 95.69%, respectively. This is good news for prospective ILR applicants. Table No. 3

UK Visa and Immigration Statistics - Settlement ILR 2008-18

Year Decisions ILR Acceptance Rate
2008 158,278 94.10%
2009 207,341 93.94%
2010 252,326 95.59%
2011 174,933 95.40%
2012 133,850 96.94%
2013 161,375 95.86%
2014 109,072 95.40%
2015 95,922 94.70%
2016 66,024 91.89%
2017 68,781 94.65%
2018 94,690 95.69%
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