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:

  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 EC 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

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.

Year EC Extensions Settlements Total
General (Closed) 33,766 143,229 69,924 246,919
Investors 3,704 2,874 1,169 7,747
Entrepreneurs 6,413 12,047 819 19,279
Graduate entrepreneurs 711 1,657 2,368
PSW (Closed) 21,227 167,766 23 189,016
Exceptional Talent 1,049 265 1,314
Other 8 9 17
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
Total 78,137 351,387 71,935 501,459

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%.

Type Decisions Grants Refusals Refusal Rate
Main Applicants 406,762 355,615 51,147 12.57%
Dependants 183,293 162,899 20,394 11.13%
Total 590,055 518,514 71,541 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%.

Year Decisions Grants Rejections Refusal Rate
2008 73,762 66,048 7,714 10.46%
2009 81,364 65,962 15,402 18.93%
2010 59,335 54,328 5,007 8.44%
2011 70,245 66,508 3,737 5.32%
2012 60,912 57,330 3,582 5.88%
2013 31,752 24,883 6,869 21.63%
2014 13,689 9,029 4,660 34.04%
2015 6,024 4,475 1,549 25.71%
2016 4,164 2,824 1,340 32.18%
2017 5,515 4,228 1,287 23.34%
Total 406,762 355,615 51,147 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%.

Year Decisions Grants Rejections Refusal Rate
2008 26,118 24,408 1,710 6.55%
2009 33,624 28,298 5,326 15.84%
2010 21,493 19,025 2,468 11.48%
2011 23,187 21,650 1,537 6.63%
2012 25,721 24,513 1,208 4.70%
2013 26,105 22,404 3,701 14.18%
2014 10,536 8,167 2,369 22.48%
2015 6,532 5,723 809 12.39%
2016 4,806 4,129 677 14.09%
2017 5,171 4,582 589 11.39%
Total 183,293 162,899 20,394 11.13%