Spouse Settlement Visa UK Grants During 2006-16

This relates to Grants of Settlement to Spouses on the Basis of Marriage during 2006-2016. According to Official Statistics, during 2006-16, 406,952 Spouse Settlement Visas were granted to Husbands (142,856 Grants i.e. 35.10% of the Total Grants) and Wives (264,096 Grants i.e. 64.90% of the Total Grants) under TEN (10) categories as detailed below. Here it is important to note that 345,075 Settlement Visas were granted to Husbands (123,561 Grants) and Wives (221,514 Grants) whose Spouse is a British Citizen, which constitutes 84.80% of the Total Spouse Settlement Grants during 2006-16.

  1. Spouse Already Settled Here But Not British– 27,945 Visa Grants (6.87% of the total spouse settlement visa UK grants);
  2. Civil Partner Already Settled Here But Not British– 355 (0.09%);
  3. Spouse a British Citizen– 345,075 (84.80%);
  4. Civil Partner a British Citizen– 4,489 (1.10%);
  5. Granted Settlement Due to Domestic Violence After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse- 7,832 (1.92%);
  6. Granted Settlement Due to Death of Spouse After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse- 813 (0.20%);
  7. Same-Sex Partner 1,620 (0.40%);
  8. Common-Law Spouse– 8,910 (2.19%);
  9. Spouses Granted Settlement on Arrival– 6,848 (1.68%);
  10. Other Spouses– 3,065 (0.75%).

UK Spouse Settlement Visa Successful Grants 2006-2016

Spouse Settlement Visa UK

During the period 2006-2016, the highest number of spouse visas were granted in 2009 (55,600) and the lowest number of spouse visas were granted in 2016 (5,271). On a year to year basis in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 42,717, 36,983, 41,329, 55,600, 53,147, 41,684, 37,399, 50,498, 28,230, 14,094 and 5,271 spouse settlement visas were granted, respectively.

Moreover, during the period, 142,856 (35.10% of the total grants) and 264,096 (64.90%) Spouse Settlement Visas were granted as Husbands and Wives with following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands2006 (15,519), 2007 (13,809), 2008 (15,988), 2009 (19,872), 2010 (18,425), 2011 (14,188), 2012 (12,620), 2013 (16,648), 2014 (9,526), 2015 (4,721) and 2016 (1,540);
  • Wives2006 (27,198), 2007 (23,174), 2008 (25,341), 2009 (35,728), 2010 (34,722), 2011 (27,496), 2012 (24,779), 2013 (33,850), 2014 (18,704), 2015 (9,373) and 2016 (3,731).

Spouse Already Settled in the UK But Not British

During 2006-2016 a total of 27,945 Visas (6.87% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were granted under this category.

8,627 and 19,318 Visas were granted as Husbands and Wives of a Spouse Already Settlement in the UK but not British, with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 867, 915, 1,147, 1,253, 929, 663, 659, 1,132, 606, 337 and 119 visas, respectively, were granted to husbands of a Spouse Already Settled in the UK but Not British;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 2,078, 1,903, 2,244, 2,706, 1,959, 1,380, 1,429, 2,803, 1,617, 933 and 266 visas, respectively, were granted to Wives of a Spouse Already Settled in the UK but Not British.

Civil Partner Already Settled in the UK But Not British

During 2006-2016 a total of 355 Visas (0.09% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were granted under this category.

249 and 106 Visas were granted as Husbands and Wives of a Civil Partner Already Settlement in the UK but Not British, with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 1, 3, 42, 37, 40, 25, 22, 41, 26, 8 and 4 visas were granted, respectively, to husband of a Civil Partner Already Settled in the UK but Not British;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 2, 4, 10, 18, 14, 11, 8, 22, 12, 4 and 1 visas were granted, respectively, to Wives of a Civil Partner Already Settled in the UK but Not British.

Spouse a British Citizen

During 2006-2016 a total of 345,075 Visas (84.80% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were granted under this category.

123,561 and 221,514 Visas were granted as Husbands and Wives of a British Citizen, with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 13,647, 11,927, 13,146, 17,254, 16,308, 12,388, 10,951, 14,386, 8,194, 4,069 and 1,291 visas were granted, respectively, to husbands of a British Citizen;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 23,090, 19,233, 20,602, 30,679, 29,646, 23,443, 21,271, 28,591, 15,414, 7,204 and 2,341 visas were granted, respectively, to Wives of a British Citizen.

Civil Partner a British Citizen

During 2006-2016 a total of 4,489 Visas (1.10% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were granted under this category.

3,482 and 1,007 Visas were granted as Husbands and Wives whose Civil Partner is a British Citizen, with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 22, 26, 589, 571, 485, 445, 397, 493, 332, 109 and 13 visas were granted, respectively, to husbands whose Civil Partner is a British Citizen;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 12, 18, 144, 157, 133, 117, 122, 163, 102, 37 and 2 visas were granted, respectively, to wives whose Civil Partner is a British Citizen.

Granted Settlement Due to Domestic Violence

During 2006-2016 a total of 7,832 Applicants (1.92% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were Granted Settlement Due to Domestic Violence After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse.

604 Husbands and 7,228 Wives were Granted Settlement Due to Domestic Violence After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse, with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 22, 26, 589, 571, 485, 445, 397, 493, 332, 109 and 13 husbands were Granted Settlement Due to Domestic Violence After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse, respectively;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 302, 264, 616, 708, 766, 951, 753, 787, 689, 596 and 796 wives were Granted Settlement Due to Domestic Violence After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse, respectively.

Granted Settlement Due to Death of Spouse

During 2006-2016 a total of 813 Applicants (0.20% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were Granted Settlement Due to Death of Spouse After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse.

171 Husbands and 642 Wives were Granted Settlement Due to Death of Spouse After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 13, 22, 21, 19, 19, 15, 7, 12, 13, 17 and 13 husbands were Granted Settlement Due to Death of Spouse After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse, respectively;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 64, 69, 62, 52, 63, 50, 55, 70, 42, 45 and 70 wives were Granted Settlement Due to Death of Spouse After Leave to Remain Granted as a Spouse, respectively.

UK Spouse Settlement as a Same-Sex Partner

During 2006-2016 a total of 1,620 Visas (0.40% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were granted under this category.

1,252 and 368 UK Spouse Settlement Visas were granted to Husbands and Wives, respectively, of a Same-Sex Partner with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 334, 282, 212, 121, 83, 65, 54, 60, 28, 8 and 5 visas were granted, respectively, to husbands of a Same-Sex Partner;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 79, 78, 53, 31, 35, 20, 25, 25, 16, 4 and 2 visas were granted, respectively, to wives of a Same-Sex Partner.

Settlement as a Common-Law Spouse

During 2006-2016 a total of 8,910 Visas (2.19% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were granted under this category.

2,744 and 6,166 Visas were granted as Husbands and Wives of a Common-Law Spouse, respectively, with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 242, 264, 421, 380, 325, 268, 266, 311, 191, 58 and 18 visas were granted, respectively, to husband of a Common-Law Spouse;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 563, 629, 845, 800, 749, 648, 637, 764, 397, 113 and 21 visas were granted, respectively, to Wives of a Common-Law Spouse.

Spouses Granted Settlement on Arrival in the UK

During 2006-2016 a total of 6,848 Visas (1.68% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were granted under this category.

1,946 Husbands and 4,902 Wives were Granted Settlement on Arrival in the UK, with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 332, 312, 348, 179, 169, 241, 159, 88, 54, 38 and 26 husbands, respectively, were granted Settlement Visas on Arrival in the UK;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 2, 4, 10, 18, 14, 11, 8, 22, 12, 4 and 1 wives, respectively, were granted Settlement Visas on Arrival in the UK.

Other Spouses

During 2006-2016 a total of 3,065 Visas (0.75% of the total Spouse Settlement Visas) were granted under this category.

220 Husbands and 2,845 Wives were granted Settlement Visa as Other Spouses, with the following yearly breakup:

  • Husbands- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 54, 47, 31, 24, 12, 6, 7, 6, 12, 16 and 5 visas were granted, respectively, to husbands under Other Spouses;
  • Wives- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 a total of 174, 207, 58, 229, 757, 207, 121, 327, 251, 291 and 223 visas were granted, respectively, to Wives under Other Spouses.

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