Tier 1 Visa Statistics for Entry Clearance, Extension, and Settlement (ILR)

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.

1. Overview 2. Leave to Remain

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1. Overview

Tier 1 Visa Statistics 2008-17

According to the Official Statistics, during 2008-17 a total of 505,687 Main Applicants gets a Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent visa with the following break-up:

  1. Tier 1 and Pre-PBS equivalent Entry Clearance grants 78,137
  2. Extensions 355,615 including Leave to Remain grants
  3. 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.

Tier 1 Visa Statistics Main Applicants 2008-17

Year Total
2008 83,479
2009 86,381
2010 74,114
2011 84,235
2012 77,537
2013 41,283
2014 5,543
2015 17,348
2016 10,478
2017 8,675
Total 505,687

Grants by Sub-categories

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. 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.

Tier 1 Visa Grants by Sub-Categories 2008-17

Year EC Extensions Settlements
General (Closed) 33,766 143,229 69,924
Investors 3,704 2,874 1,169
Entrepreneurs 6,413 12,047 819
Graduate entrepreneurs 711 1,657
PSW (Closed) 21,227 167,766 23
Exceptional Talent 1,049 265
Other 8 9
Pre-PBS International Graduates Scheme (Closed) 1,484 16,185
Pre-PBS Other permit free employment – High value 9,775 7,355
Total 78,137 351,387 71,935

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2. Leave to Remain

Tier 1 Visa Statistics 2008-17

During 2008-2017, a total of 590,055 decisions made on Tier 1 leave to remain (extension and switching) applications. Accordingly, a total of 518,514 Tier 1 applicants granted extensions and 71,541 applications refused. The average Tier 1 visa extension refusal rate was 12.12%.

Tier 1 Visa Leave to Remain Statistics 2008-17

Type Decisions Refusal Rate
Main Applicants 406,762 12.57%
Dependants 183,293 11.13%
Total 590,055 12.12%

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 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 Visa Leave to Remain Statistics - Main Applicants

Year Decisions Grants Refusal Rate
2008 73,762 66,048 10.46%
2009 81,364 65,962 18.93%
2010 59,335 54,328 8.44%
2011 70,245 66,508 5.32%
2012 60,912 57,330 5.88%
2013 31,752 24,883 21.63%
2014 13,689 9,029 34.04%
2015 6,024 4,475 25.71%
2016 4,164 2,824 32.18%
2017 5,515 4,228 23.34%
Total 406,762 355,615 12.57%

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 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%.

Tier 1 Visa Leave to Remain Statistics - Dependants

Year Decisions Grants Refusal Rate
2008 26,118 24,408 6.55%
2009 33,624 28,298 15.84%
2010 21,493 19,025 11.48%
2011 23,187 21,650 6.63%
2012 25,721 24,513 4.70%
2013 26,105 22,404 14.18%
2014 10,536 8,167 22.48%
2015 6,532 5,723 12.39%
2016 4,806 4,129 14.09%
2017 5,171 4,582 11.39%
Total 183,293 162,899 11.13%
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