Tier 1 Visa Statistics 2008-17 for PBS High Value Migrants

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.

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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.

Year Total Grants
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 Tier 1 Visa Grants to the Main Applicants 505,687
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    Tier 1 Visa Statistics: Grants by Sub-Categories 2008-17

    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 Sub-Category Total Grants
    General (Closed) 246,919
    Investors 7,747
    Entrepreneurs 19,279
    Graduate entrepreneurs 2,368
    PSW (Closed) 189,016
    Exceptional Talent 1,314
    Other 17
    Pre-PBS International Graduates Scheme (Closed) 17,669
    Pre-PBS Other permit free employment – High value 17,130
    Total Tier 1 Visa Grants by Sub-Categories 501,459

    Leave to Remain

    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 Statistics: Leave to Remain (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 Statistics: Leave to Remain (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%.