UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics 2008-18: Refusal and Success Rate

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Success and Refusal RateThis relates to UK entrepreneur visa statistics 2008-18 for entry clearance, leave to remain, extension and settlement applications. Accordingly, provides details of Tier 1 entrepreneur success and refusal rate. Accordingly, the post covers the following topics:

  1. Overview of UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Statistics 2008-18
    • How many Tier 1 Entrepreneur applications decided during 2008-18?
    • What is the overall Tier 1 Entrepreneur success rate?
    • What is the overall Tier 1 Entrepreneur refusal rate?
    • Switching to Tier 1 Entrepreneur is quite popular
  2. UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics for Entry Clearance (EC) Applications
    • Tier 1 Entrepreneur Success Rate for entry clearance applications
    • Yearly UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics for Main Applicants EC
  3. UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics for Leave to Remain (LR) and Extension Applications
    • Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Extension Success Rate
    • Yearly UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics for Main Applicants LR (extensions)
  4. Tier 1 entrepreneur ILR (Settlements) Grants 2008-18

1) Overview of UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Statistics 2008-18

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, in the 2008 Q2, the first Tier 1 entrepreneur visa was granted.

How many Tier 1 Entrepreneur applications decided during 2008-18?

Accordingly, during 2008-18 a total of 80,801 Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa applications decided for Entry Clearance (30,213) and leave to remain (50,588 including extensions).

UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Statistics 2008-18

What is the overall Tier 1 Entrepreneur success rate?

Apparently, during the 2008-18 period 47,837 Tier 1 entrepreneur applications for entry, leave to remain and extension were successful. Therefore, the average Tier 1 entrepreneur visa success rate has been 59.20% during 2008-18.

What is the overall Tier 1 Entrepreneur refusal rate?

During 2008-18, a total of 32,746 Tier 1 entrepreneur applications for entry, leave to remain and extension refused. Accordingly, the average Tier 1 entrepreneur visa refusal rate has been 40.53%. Moreover, during the period a total of 214 and 4 applications were withdrawn and lapsed, respectively.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur ApplicationsDecisionsGrantsRefusalsSuccess RateRefusal Rate
Total Tier 1 Entrepreneur Applications80,80147,83732,74659.20%40.53%
TIER 1 Entrepreneur EC Applications30,21320,0809,91566.46%32.82%
TIER 1 Entrepreneur Extensions50,58827,75722,83154.87%45.13%

Switching to Tier 1 Entrepreneur is quite popular

Apparently, the extensions (17,215)  grants to the main applicants are higher than entry clearance (7,573) grants. Perhaps, extension grants are more than twice than that of entry clearances 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.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Grants

2) UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics for Entry Clearance (EC)

From 2008 to 2018, a total of 30,213 Tier 1 entrepreneur entry clearance applications decided. Accordingly, a total of 13,635 and 16,578 decisions relates to the Tier 1 entrepreneur Main Applicants and their dependants, respectively.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Success Rate for EC Applications

Apparently, during the period 20,080 Tier 1 entrepreneur visas issued to the Main Applicants (7,573) and their dependants (12,507). Accordingly, the average Tier 1 entrepreneur visa success rate for entry clearance applications have been 66.46%. However, the success rate for dependants applicants (75.44%) is higher than that for the main applicants (55.54%).

During 2008-18, a total of 9,195 Tier 1 entrepreneur entry clearance applications have been refused for Main Applicants (6,054and dependants (3,953). Accordingly, the average Tier 1 entrepreneur visa refusal rate for entry clearance applications have been 32.82%. The refusal rate for dependants applicants (23.84%) is certainly quite lower than that for the main applicants (43.73%).

Tier 1 Entrepreneur EC ApplicationsDecisionsGrantsRefusalsSuccess RateRefusal Rate
Total Tier 1 Entrepreneur EC Applications30,21320,0809,91566.46%32.82%
Entry Clearance (Main Applicants)13,6357,5735,96255.54%43.73%
Entry Clearance (Dependants)16,57812,5073,95375.44%23.84%

Yearly UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics for Main Applicants EC

From 2008 to June 2018. a total of 13,686 Main Applicants applied for Tier 1 Entrepreneur entry clearance visa. And 13,635 applications resolved for entry clearance as Tier 1 entrepreneurs. And also 98 and 2 applications were withdrawn and lapsed, respectively. Apparently, during the ten year period, 7,573 main applicants get entry clearance under the route. However, 6,054 applications refused. Accordingly, the average Tier 1 entrepreneur success and refusal rate for entry clearance (main applicants) during the ten year period was 55.54% and 43.75%, respectively.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Success and Refusal Rate

UK entrepreneur visa success rate per year (Main applicants only)

The immigration statistics indicate a variation of 30% in the annual success rates during the ten year period. Apparently, Tier 1 entrepreneur success rate for main applicants during 2012 was 78.06% and it came down quite drastically in 2013 to touch a level of 49.18%. Perhaps, mainly due to the drastic change in the Tier 1 entrepreneur policy announced in Jan 2013. Although, the success rate increased in 2014 to 55.40% but afterwards in 2015 again came down to reach its lowest ebb of 48.01%.

YearEC AppDecisionsGrantsSuccess RateRefusalsRefusal Rate
Total13,68613,6357,57355.54%5,96243.73%
200864562748.21%2850.00%
200917917311868.21%5129.48%
201025925518974.12%5923.14%
201158055742175.58%13023.34%
201297889870178.06%19121.27%
20132,4302,3711,16649.18%118950.15%
20141,9061,9621,08755.40%85943.78%
20151,9061,91291848.01%98051.26%
20161,6081,61581250.28%79349.10%
20171,8601,79997454.14%81345.19%
20181,9162,0371,16056.95%86942.66%

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Success Rate 2018 (Main Applicants)

Since 2016 the Tier 1 entrepreneur visa entry clearance success rate for the main applicants is showing an upward trend. Accordingly, the Tier 1 entrepreneur visa success rate has increased to from 48.01% to 50.28% during 2016, which further increased to 54.14% in 2017. Moreover, during 2018 the Tier entrepreneur visa success rate increased to 56.95%, which is nearly 1.41% higher than the 10 year average of 55.54%. Therefore, a high success rate, which during Q4 2018 has further increased to 61%, is promising for genuine entrepreneurs to get immigration through this route for setting up business in the UK.

3) UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics: LR and Extension Applications

From 2008 to 2018, a total of 50,588 Tier 1 entrepreneur extensions and leave to remain applications have been decided. Accordingly, a total of 33,189 and 17,399 decisions relates to the Tier 1 entrepreneur Main Applicants and their dependants, respectively.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extensions Application Refusal Rate

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Extension Success Rate

Apparently, during the period 27,757 Tier 1 entrepreneur extensions and leave to remain issued to the Main Applicants (17,215) and their dependants (10,542). Accordingly, the average Tier 1 entrepreneur visa success rate for extensions and leave to remain applications have been 54.87%. However, the success rate for dependants applicants (60.59%) is higher than that for the main applicants (51.87%).

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Extension Refusal Rate

During 2008-18, a total of 22,831 Tier 1 entrepreneur extensions and leave to remain applications have been refused for Main Applicants (15,974and dependants (6,857). Accordingly, the average Tier 1 entrepreneur extensions and leave to remain refusal rate for entry clearance applications have been 45.13%. The refusal rate for dependants applicants (39.41%) is certainly quite lower than that for the main applicants (48.13%).

Tier 1 Entrepreneur ExtensionsDecisionsGrantsRefusalsSuccess RateRefusal Rate
TIER 1 Entrepreneur Extensions50,58827,75722,83154.87%45.13%
Extensions and LR (Main Applicants)33,18917,21515,97451.87%48.13%
Extensions and LR (Dependants)17,39910,5426,85760.59%39.41%

UK Entrepreneur Visa Extension Statistics: Main Applicants

From 2008 to 2018. a total of 33,189 Main Applicants applied for Tier 1 Entrepreneur extensions and leave to remain applications. Accordingly, during the ten year period, 17,215 main applicants get extensions and leave to remain in the UK under the Tier 1 entrepreneur route. However, 15,974 leave to remain and extension applications refused. Accordingly, the average Tier 1 entrepreneur extension and leave to remain success and refusal rate for the ten year period were 51.87% and 48.13%, respectively.

Yearly Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension Success Rate

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 2013The success rate increased in 2014 to 50.56% and afterwards further improved to 67.29% in 2017 However, the Tier 1 entrepreneur extension success rate in 2018, has slightly decreased to 65.48%. However, it is still 13.61% higher than the 10 years average success rate.

YearDecisionsExtensionsSuccess RateRefusalsRefusal Rate
Total33,18917,21551.87%15,97448.13%
2008241145.83%1354.17%
20091188975.42%2924.58%
201022218081.08%4218.92%
201143636082.57%7617.43%
20121,24780364.39%44435.61%
20139,2633,32735.92%5,93664.08%
20148,7054,40150.56%4,30449.44%
20152,6481,37551.93%1,27348.07%
20162,7341,50154.90%1,23345.10%
20173,6382,44867.29%1,19032.71%
20184,1542,72065.48%1,43434.52%

Settlement Grants: UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics 2008-17

During 2008-17, a total of 819 applicants get settlement grants on the basis of 5 years aggregate of pre-PBS categories and Tier 1 High-Value Migrant Entrepreneurs.

Certainly, applying for settlement under the Tier 1 entrepreneur route requires spending at-least 3-5 years in the UK as an entrepreneur. Therefore, in the initial years, only a few applicants get settlement grants. However, from 2012 onwards the number of settlement grants have steadily increased. Apparently, the highest number of 414 settlement grants made to Tier 1 entrepreneur migrants during 2017.

UK Entrepreneur Visa Statistics by Nationality

Perhaps, so far the most settlement grants have been made to Pakistani, Chinese and Indian nationals 168, 165 and 98 under the Tier 1 entrepreneur route.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Settlement Grants by Nationality 2008-17

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