UK Visa Statistics 2008-18 for entry clearance, extension and ILR

UK Visa and Immigration Entry Clearance StatisticsPerhaps, most of the applicants are quite interested in knowing the details of UK Visa Statistics. Therefore, the post provides the statistical details of the total number of entry clearance, leave to remain, extension and settlement applications from 2008 to 2018.

UK Visa and Immigration Entry Clearance Statistics

According to the Official Statistics as many as more than 30.25 million (i.e. 30,253,870) Entry Clearance Applications were made from outside the UK during 2008-2018. And 145,737 and 25,188 entry clearance applications were withdrawn or lapsed. Accordingly, during the period 30.28 m (i.e. 30,282,225) applications decided, 26.104 m (i.e. 26,104,387) visas granted and more than 4 m (i.e. 4,006,913) applications refusedTherefore, the overall UK visa success and refusal rate for all types of UK entry clearance visa applications from outside the UK was 86.20% and 13.23%, respectively.

UK Visa Statistics reveal a rise in applications and success rate

Perhaps, contrary to the general perception, the number of UK entry clearance applications and success rate is showing an upward in recent years. Accordingly, the most number of 3.29 m and 3.06 m applications were made in 2018 and 2017, which is nearly 19.67% and 11.30% higher than the average 2.75 m applications per year during the 2008-18 period. Moreover, the UK visa success rate success rate during 2017 and 2018 was 88.74% and 88.20%, which is more than 2% higher than the period average of 86.20%.

In recent years the UK visa refusal rate is less than 12%

According to UK visa entry clearance statistics, the UK visa refusal rate during 2017 and 2018 was 10.95% and 11.54%, respectively, which is substantially lower than the period average of 13.23%.

UK Visa Statistics Entry Clearance Applications 2008-18

UK Visa Statistics Entry Clearance Applications 2008-18

Details of Leave to Remain and Extension Applications

During 2008-18, a total of 3.47 m (i.e. 3,478,048) leave to remain and extension applications were decided. Accordingly, during the period 2.99 m (i.e. 2,990,092) leave to remain and extensions granted and more than 0.48 m (i.e. 487,956) applications refusedTherefore, the overall leave to remain and extension success and refusal rate from inside the UK was 85.97% and 16.32%, respectively.

Leave to Remain and Extension Applications and Success Rate

According to UK visa statistics, the extension grants were highest in 2008 (362,859) and the average for the period 2008-18 is 316,186 per year. However, since 2010, only in 2013 the total extension grants came near to this average. Therefore, during 2008-18, leave to remain and extension grants experienced an overall declining trend.

In 2013, a total of 306,598 extensions were granted with a success rate of 77.70%. Afterwards, in 2014, the number of extension grants reduced quite dramatically to reach a level of 236,740. However, the success rate (81.53%) slightly improved in 2014. Moreover, the extension grants continued a downward trend in the next couple of years to reach the lowest ebb (199,256) in 2016.

A resurgence in UK visa extension applications success rate

However, during 2017 and 2018, there has been an increase in the number of extension grants. Accordingly, the number of extension grants increased to 213,555 and 250,421 in 2017 and 2018 with a success rate of 91.70% and 91.23%, respectively. Apparently, during the 2008-18 period, the average yearly success rate was 85.97%, which was highest in 2008 (93.25%) and lowest in 2013 (77.70%). Therefore, the UK visa extension success rate during 2017 and 2018 is higher than the period average of 85.97%, which is good news for prospective applicants. 

A single digit UK visa extension refusal rate in recent years

According to UK visa extension statistics, the UK visa refusal rate during 2017 and 2018 was 8.30% and 8.77%, respectively, which is nearly half of the period average of 16.32%.

UK Visa Statistics Leave to Remain and Extension Applications

UK Visa Statistics Leave to Remain and Extension Applications

Details of UK Settlement Statistics, ILR Success and Refusal Rate

During 2008-18, a total of 1.52 m (i.e.1,522,592) UK settlement (ILR) applications were decided. Accordingly, during the period 1.44 m (i.e.1,447,513) Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) granted and more than 75,079 settlement applications refused. Therefore, the overall UK settlement success and refusal rate from inside the UK was 95.07% and 5.19%, respectively.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Applications and Success Rate

According to UK settlement statistics, the ILR grants were highest in 2010 (241,192) and the average for 2008-18 is 131,592 per year. However, since 2011, only in 2013 the total settlement grants (154,701) were higher than the period average of 131,592. Therefore, during 2008-18, settlement grants experienced an overall declining trend.

Apparently, the UK settlement visa average success rate for the 2008-18 period was  95.07%. However, it has oscillated within a narrow band during the period. Accordingly, in 2013 the UK settlement visa success rate was the highest (96.94%) and lowest (91.89%) in 2016. Afterwards, in 2017 and 2018 the UK settlement visa success rate has slightly improved to reach a level of 94.65% and 95.69%, respectively. Certainly, this is good news for prospective applicants.

UK Settlement Application Refusal Rate is usually less than 5%

According to UK visa statistics, the average UK settlement application refusal rate for the 2008-18 period is 5.19%. Although in 2016 the settlement refusal rate shot to 8.11%; however, subsequently in 2018 came down to 4.31%, which is less than the period average of 5.19%.

UK Settlement Statistics 2008-18

UK Settlement Statistics 2008-18

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