UK Settlement: what you need to know about ILR success rate?

UK Settlement Visa Application Success and Refusal RateThis relates to UK settlement visa statistics from 2008 to 2018. Accordingly, provide the details of indefinite leave to remain (ILR) decisions, grants, refusals, success and refusal rate. And also the details of settlement grants under the four broad UK settlement routes and their respective categories.

UK Settlement Visa Statistics 2008-18 Success and Refusal Rate

During 2008-18, a total of 1.52 m (i.e.1,522,592) UK settlement (ILR) applications were decided under the four broad UK settlement categories i.e. Work, Asylum, Family Formation and Reunion (Spouse and Dependants), and Other. Accordingly, during the period 1.44 m (i.e.1,447,513) Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) granted and more than 75,079 settlement applications refusedTherefore, the overall UK settlement success and refusal rate from inside the UK was 95.07% and 5.19%, respectively.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Applications and Success Rate

According to UK settlement statistics, the ILR grants were highest in 2010 (241,192) and the average for 2008-18 is 131,592 per year. However, since 2011, only in 2013 the total settlement grants (154,701) were higher than the period average of 131,592. Therefore, during 2008-18, settlement grants experienced an overall declining trend.

Apparently, the UK settlement visa average success rate for the 2008-18 period was  95.07%. However, it has oscillated within a narrow band during the period. Accordingly, in 2013 the UK settlement visa success rate was the highest (96.94%) and lowest (91.89%) in 2016. Afterwards, in 2017 and 2018 the UK settlement visa success rate has slightly improved to reach a level of 94.65% and 95.69%, respectively. Certainly, this is good news for prospective applicants.

UK Settlement Application Refusal Rate is usually less than 5%

According to UK visa statistics, the average UK settlement application refusal rate for the 2008-18 period is 5.19%. Although in 2016 the settlement refusal rate shot to 8.11%; however, subsequently in 2018 came down to 4.31%, which is less than the period average of 5.19%.

UK Settlement Statistics 2008-18

UK Settlement Statistics 2008-18

Details of ILR Grants under Four Broad Settlement Routes

During the 2008-18, the most number of settlement grants, nearly 38.8% (561,535) of the total grants, were made under the work category. Moreover, the number of family formation and reunion related grants account for 435,681 settlement, with a share of 30.1%. The number of asylum-related grants accounts for 151,699 settlements, with a share of 10.5% in total settlement grants. Perhaps, all the residual settlement grants, which do not fit into the preceding 3 categories are lumped in “other” category. Moreover, the official statistics do not provide further details of the “other” category, apart from the fact that 298,598 settlement grants were made under the “other” category, which constitutes 20.6% of the total grants.

Work, Family and Asylum related settlement grants

Work, Family and Asylum related settlement grants

Yearly Settlement Grants in Four Broad Categories

Apparently, the total settlement grants after reaching a level of 241,192, kept a downward trajectory. However, after reaching the lowest ebb (60,670) in 2016 slightly increased to 65,102 in 2017. And in 2018 settlement grants significantly increased to reach a level of 90,608. The decreasing trend of the settlement grants is mainly due to an astonishing fall in the work and family related settlement grants.

A significant decrease in work and family settlements

Perhaps, due to restriction on immigration routes, the work-related grants decreased from 84,347 in 2010 to merely 18,104 in 2017. However, in 2018 the work-related settlement grants slightly increased to 23,913. Similarly, family-related grants decreased from 72,239 in 2009 to its lowest ebb of 5,420 in 2017. However, in 2018 the family-related settlement grants increased considerably to reach a level of 15,751.

A substantial increase in Asylum related settlement grants

However, quite surprisingly the number of asylum-related settlement grants indicates an upward trend during the 2008-18 period. Apparently, in 2008 the number of asylum-related settlement grants was only 2,824, which increased quite significantly to reach its zenith of 25,243 in 2018. 

UK Settlement Visa Grants in Four Broad Categories

UK Settlement Visa Grants in Four Broad Categories

Work-Related Settlement Grants during 2008-18

Perhaps, due to restriction on immigration routes, the work-related grants decreased from 84,347 in 2010 to merely 18,104 in 2017. However, in 2018 the work-related settlement grants slightly increased to 23,913.

Work Related Settlement Grants to Main Applicants and Dependants
Work-Related Settlement Grants to Main Applicants and Dependants

The 561,535 work-related settlement grants were made in the following categories:

  1. Employment with a work permit – 241,807
  2. Tier 1 High-Value Migrants – 144,638
  3. Tier 2 Sponsored with a job – 100,803
  4. Tier 5 Temporary workers and Youth Mobility – 61
  5. Permit-free employment, businessman, persons of independent means – 45,826
  6. Commonwealth citizens with a UK-born grandparent – 28,400
Non-PBS, PBS and Pre-PBS Equivalent Settlement Grants
Non-PBS, PBS and Pre-PBS Equivalent Settlement Grants

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