Tier 1 Visa Refusal Rate, Extensions and Settlement Grants

This relates to Tier 1 Visa Statistics for entry clearance, extension and settlement grants from 2008 to 2017.

Tier 1 Visa Statistics Entry Clearance Grants- 1,184

Tier 1 Visa Refusal Rate 2017

According to the Official Statistics, during 2008-17 a total of 505,687 Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent Main Applicants were granted Entry Clearance (78,137), Extensions (355,615 including Leave to Remain) and Settlements (71,935). During the ten year period, most main applicants (17,427) were granted Tier 1 Entry Clearance Visas in 2008; whereas, the highest number of extension grants (66,508) were made in 2011. So far, the highest number of settlements (14,497 indefinite leave to remain) were granted in 2013. Since 2013 and especially from 2015 onward there has been a considerable reduction in the number of grants due to closure of Tier 1 Post Study Work and Tier 1 General routes.

Table 1 provides the yearly details of the number of entry clearance, extension and settlement grants to the Tier 1 & Pre-PBS equivalent applicants during the ten year period from 2008 to 2017; whereas Table 2 provides category wise details of the grants.

Table 1 – UK Immigration Statistics: Tier 1 & pre-PBS Equivalent Grants to the Main Applicants from 2008-17
Year Entry Clearances Extensions Settlements Total
2008 17,427 66,048 4 83,479
2009 18,851 65,962 1,568 86,381
2010 16,003 54,328 3,783 74,114
2011 8,656 66,508 9,071 84,235
2012 6,271 57,330 13,936 77,537
2013 1,903 24,883 14,497 41,283
2014 1,087 9,029 11,104 5,543
2015 2,689 4,475 10,184 17,348
2016 1,619 2,824 6,035 10,478
2017 2,694 4,228 1,753 8,675
Total 78,137 355,615 71,935 505,687

Tier 1 & Pre-PBS Equivalent Sub-Categories

As indicated in Table 2, the highest number of entry clearances (33,766) and settlements (69,924) were granted to Tier 1 General main applicants; whereas the highest number of extensions (167,766) were granted to Post Study Work main applicants. Both these Tier 1 routes have been closed; however, along with another long closed route viz.  International Graduates Scheme accounts for more than 90% of the entry clearance, leaven to remain and settlement applications under the Tier 1 route during the past decade.

Table 2 – UK Immigration Statistics: Tier 1 & pre-PBS Equivalent Grants  by Category to the Main Applicants from 2008-17
Year Entry Clearances Extensions Settlements Total
Tier 1 – General (Closed) 33,766 143,229 69,924 246,919
Tier 1 – Investors 3,704 2,874 1,169 7,747
Tier 1 – Entrepreneurs 6,413 12,047 819 19,279
Tier 1 – Graduate entrepreneurs 711 1,657 2,368
Tier 1 – Post Study (Closed) 21,227 167,766 23 189,016
Tier 1 – Exceptional Talent 1,049 265 1,314
Tier 1 – Other 8 9 17
International Graduates Scheme (Closed) 1,484 16,185 17,669
Other permit free employment – High value 9,775 7,355 17,130
Total 78,137 351,387 71,935 501,459

Tier 1 Visa Statistics Extension Grants

As elucidated in Table 3, during the last ten years i.e. from 2008 to 2017, a total of 584,884 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 Tier 1 route from inside the UK. During the period, 513,932  extensions granted and the Tier 1 Extension Refusal Rate is 12.13% as 70,952 extension applications have been refused.

Table 3 – Tier 1 Extension Refusal Rate and details of in-country decisions by the Home Office from 2008 to June 30, 2018
Type Decisions Grants Refusals Refusal Rate
Main Applicants 406,762 355,615 51,147 12.57%
Dependants 178,122 158,317 19,805 11.12%
Total 584,884 513,932 70,952 12.13%

Category wise details of Tier 1 Extension Refusal Rate

Since there is substantial variation in the extension refusal rates among the different sub-categories of Tier 1 & Pre-PBS Equivalent, which are elucidated in Table 4.

Table 4 – Tier 1 Extension Refusal Rate and details of in-country decisions by the Home Office from 2008 to June 30, 2018
Type Decisions Grants Refusals Refusal Rate
Tier 1 – General (Main) 157,252 143,229 14,023 8.92%
Tier 1 – General (Dependant) 127,344 118,632 8,712 6.84%
Tier 1 – General (Total) 284,596 261,861 22,735 7.99%
Tier 1 – Investors (M) 3,017 2,874 143 4.74%
Tier 1 – Investors (D) 4,035 3,879 156 3.87%
Tier 1 – Investors (T) 7,052 6,753 299 4.24%
Tier 1 – Entrepreneurs (M) 25,397 12,047 13,350 52.57%
Tier 1 – Entrepreneurs (D) 14,799 8,417 6,382 43.12%
Tier 1 – Entrepreneurs (T) 40,196 20,464 19,732 49.09%
Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneurs (M) 1,758 1,657 101 5.75%
Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneurs (D) 489 452 37 7.57%
Tier 1 – Graduate Entrepreneurs (M) 2,247 2,109 138 6.14%
Tier 1 – Post Study (M) 189,006 167,766 21,240 11.24%
Tier 1 – Post Study (D) 28,574 24,065 4,509 15.78%
Tier 1 – Post Study (T) 217,580 191,831 25,749 11.83%
Tier 1 – Exceptional Talent (M) 288 265 23 7.99%
Tier 1 – Exceptional Talent (D) 186 177 9 4.84%
Tier 1 – Exceptional Talent (T) 474 442 32 6.75%
Tier 1 – Other (M) 9 9 0 0%
Tier 1 – Other (D) 10 10 0 0%
Tier 1 – Other (T) 19 19 0 0%
International Graduates Scheme (M) 16,186 16,185 1 0.01%
International Graduates Scheme (D) 2,685 2,685 0 0%
International Graduates Scheme (T) 18,871 18,870 1 0.01%
Other permit free employment – High value (M) 8,334 7,355 979 11.75%
Ext. Main Applicants 406,762 355,615 51,147 12.57%
Ext. Dependants 178,122 158,317 19,805 11.12%
Total Extensions 584,884 513,932 70,952 12.13%

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