This relates to Tier 1 Visa Statistics for entry clearance, extension and settlement (ILR) grants from 2008 to 2017. Accordingly, the post provides the details of Tier 1 Investor, Entrepreneur, Exceptional Talent, Graduate Entrepreneur, General and Post Study Work (PSW) Statistics, success and refusal rate.
Tier 1 Visa Statistics 2008-17
According to the Official Statistics, during 2008-17 a total of 505,687 Main Applicants get a Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent visa with the following break-up:
- Tier 1 and Pre-PBS equivalent Entry Clearance grants 78,137
- Extensions 355,615 including Leave to Remain grants
- Settlements 71,935
During the ten year period, most main applicants (17,427) were granted Tier 1 Entry Clearance Visas in 2008. However, 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 the closure of Tier 1 Post Study Work and Tier 1 General routes.
No of Grants by Tier 1 Visa Sub-categories
Perhap, during 2008-17, the highest number of entry clearances (33,766) and settlements (69,924) were granted to Tier 1 General main applicants. However, the highest number of extensions (167,766) were granted to Post Study Work main applicants. Apparently, both these Tier 1 routes have been closed. In fact, along with another long closed route viz. International Graduates Scheme accounts for more than 90% of the entry clearance, leave to remain and settlement applications under the Tier 1 route during the past decade.
|Pre-PBS International Graduates Scheme (Closed)||1,484||16,185||–||17,669|
|Pre-PBS Other permit free employment – High value||9,775||7,355||–||17,130|
Tier 1 Visa Extension Statistics and Refusal Rate 2008-17
During 2008-2017, a total of 590,055 decisions have been made on Tier 1 extension including switching applications. Accordingly, a total of 518,514 Tier 1 applicants get extensions and 71,541 applications have been refused. And the average Tier 1 visa extension refusal rate is 12.12%.
Tier 1 Extension Visa Statistics (Main Applicants)
During 2008-17, a total of 406,762 extensions and leave to remain decisions made under HS Tier 1 migrant route relating to the Main Applicants. And also, 355,615 extensions granted and 51,147 main applicants refused under the Tier 1 route. Moreover, 10 years average Tier 2 extension refusal rate is 12.57%.
Tier 1 Extension Visa Statistics (Dependants)
During 2008-17, a total of 183,293 extensions and leave to remain decisions made under Tier 1 visa migrant route relating to the Dependants Applicants i.e. spouse/civil partner and children under 18 years of age. And also, 162,899 extensions granted and 20,394 dependants applicants refused under the Tier 1 Investor. Moreover, 10 years average Tier 2 extension refusal rate is 11.13%.