UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics Reveal a Rising Success Rate!

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Success Rate 2018 | Rejection ReasonsThis relates to UK entrepreneur visa statistics and provides the details of entry clearance, leave to remain, extension and ILR (Settlement) applications from 2008 to September 2018. Perhaps, for the prospective Tier 1 entrepreneur extension applicants it is a good news that the Tier 1 entrepreneur visa success rate for extension applications has increased from 62.03% to 65.74% during July-Sept quarter 2018.

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UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics: Entry, Extensions & Settlement

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route was introduced in 2008 to replace a number of other business immigration routes, mainly the Business Person and Innovator routes. According to the Official Statistics, during 2008-17 a total of 21,727  Tier 1 Entrepreneur Main Applicants were granted Entry Clearance (6,413), Extensions (14,495 including Leave to Remain) and Settlements (819). During the ten year period, most main applicants (1,166) were granted Tier 1 Entry Clearance Visas in 2013; whereas, the highest number of extension grants (4,401) were made in 2014. So far, the highest number of settlements (414 indefinite leave to remain) were granted in 2017.

Nevertheless, the statistics indicate that the success rate for both the entry clearance applications from outside the UK and extension applications from inside the UK is showing buoyancy and an upward trend.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extensions are higher than Entry Clearances

The number of extensions (14,495)  grants to the main applicants are higher than entry clearance (6,413) grants as switching from other PBS routes is allowed from inside the UK. Therefore, a large number of applicants switched from other PBS routes such as Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 Post Study Work, Tier 2 and Tier 4 to Tier 1 Entrepreneur, thereby making the number of extensions higher than entry clearance grants.

Table 1 – Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Statistics: Grants to the Main Applicants from 2008-17
Year Entry Clearances Extensions Settlements Total
2008 27 11 1 39
2009 118 89 2 209
2010 189 180 7 376
2011 421 360 7 788
2012 701 803 14 1,518
2013 1,166 3,327 34 4,527
2014 1,087 4,401 55 5,543
2015 918 1,375 153 2,446
2016 812 1,501 132 2,445
2017 974 2,448 414 3,836
Total 6,413 14,495 819 21,727

UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics for Entry Clearance Applications

As illustrated in Table 2, during the last ten years i.e. from 2008 to June 2018, a total of 27,968 applications have been made by the main applicants and their dependant family member under the route. 27,789 entry clearance applications have been resolved and 18,390 visas issued and the UK Business Visa Success Rate is 66.18%. So far, 9,195 applications have been refused and the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Refusal Rate has been 33.08%; whereas, 200 applications withdrawn by the applicants and 4 applications lapsed during the period.

Main Applicants: UK Entrepreneur Visa Entry Clearance Statistics 2008-18

From 2008 to June 2018, a total of 12,663 applications have been made by the main applicants under the route. 12,523 entry clearance applications resolved and 6,920 visas granted with a success rate of 55.26%. So far, 5,510 entry clearance applications of the main applicants have been refused with a refusal rate of 44%; whereas, 91 applications withdrawn by the main applicants and 2 applications lapsed during the period.

Table 2 – Tier 1 Entrepreneur Success Rate and Entry Clearance Applications by Main Applicants and Dependants from 2008 to June 30, 2018
Type Applications Resolved Granted Success Rate
Main Applicants 12,663 12,523 6,920 55.26%
Dependants 15,305 15,266 11,470 75.13%
Total 27,968 27,789 18,390 66.18%

Dependants: UK Entrepreneur Visa Entry Clearance Statistics 2008-18

From 2008 to June 2018, a total of 15,305 applications have been made by the dependants under the route. 15,266 entry clearance applications resolved and 11,470 visas granted to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur ) dependants with a success rate of 75.13%. So far, 3,685 entry clearance applications have been refused with a refusal rate of 24.14%; whereas, 109 applications withdrawn and 2 applications lapsed during the period.

Table 3 – Tier 1 Entrepreneur Entry Clearance Applications Refused and Refusal Rate from 2008 to June 30, 2018
Type Refused Refusal Rate Withdrawn Lapsed
Main Applicants 5,510 44.00% 91 2
Dependants 3,685 24.14% 109 2
Total 9,195 33.08% 200 4

The disparity in the Success and Refusal Rate of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Main Applicants and Dependants is mainly due to the number of family members and sequencing of the applications as under the policy guidance an applicant can apply with or without dependants.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Success Rate Per Year

Table 4 provides the annual details of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Success Rate of the Main Applicants from 2008 to June 2018. The immigration statistics indicate a variation of 30% in the annual success rates during the ten year period as success rate during 2012 was 78.06% and it came down quite drastically in 2013 to touch a level of 49.18% due to policy changes announced in Jan 2013. The success rate increased in 2014 to 55.40% but afterwards in 2015 again came down to reach its lowest ebb of 48.01%. Since 2016 the success rate is on the rise and in 2018 so far it is 56%, which looks promising for genuine entrepreneurs to get the immigration through this route for setting up business in the UK.

Table 4 – UK Entrepreneur Visa Entry Clearance Statistics 2008-18

Year Applications by the Main Applicants Resolved by ECO Visas Granted Success Rate
2008 64 56 27 48.21%
2009 179 173 118 68.21%
2010 259 255 189 74.12%
2011 580 557 421 75.58%
2012 978 898 701 78.06%
2013 2430 2371 1166 49.18%
2014 1906 1962 1087 55.40%
2015 1906 1912 918 48.01%
2016 1608 1615 812 50.28%
2017 1860 1799 974 54.14%
2018 Q1 410 452 241 53.32%
2018 Q2 483 473 266 56.24%
Total 12663 12523 6920 55.26%

UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics for Extension Applications

As elucidated in Table 5, during the last ten years i.e. from 2008 to June 2018, a total of 47,781 decisions have been made on extension (including leave to remain to remain: switching) applications made by the main applicants and their dependant family member under the route from inside the UK. During the period, 25,539  extensions granted and the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Success Rate is 53.45%. So far, 22,242 Tier 1 Extension Applications have been refused and the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Refusal Rate is 46.55%.

Table 5 – UK Entrepreneur Visa Extensions Statistics 2008-18

Type Decisions Grants Refusals Refusal Rate
Main Applicants 31,366 15,918 15,448 49.25%
Dependants 16,415 9,621 6,794 41.39%
Total 47,781 25,539 22,242 46.55%

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Success Rate Per Year

Table 6 provides the annual details of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Success Rate of the Main Applicants from 2008 to June 2018. There has been a variation of 46% in the annual success rates during the last ten year period as the success rate during 2011 was 82.57% and it was only 35.92% during 2013 due to policy changes announced in Jan 2013. The success rate increased in 2014 to 50.56% and afterwards further improved to 67.29% in 2017.  In the first two quarters of 2018, the success rate is more than 61%,  which is a positive sign for future extensions.

Table 6 –  UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics 2008-18

Year Decisions Grants Refusals Success Rate
2008 24 11 13 45.83%
2009 118 89 29 75.42%
2010 222 180 42 81.08%
2011 436 360 76 82.57%
2012 1,247 803 444 64.39%
2013 9,263 3,327 5,936 35.92%
2014 8,705 4,401 4,304 50.56%
2015 2,648 1,375 1,273 51.93%
2016 2,734 1,501 1,233 54.90%
2017 3,638 2,448 1,190 67.29%
2018 Q1 1,067 639 428 59.89%
2018 Q2 1,264 784 480 62.03%
Total 31,366 15,918 15,448 50.75%

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