UK Settlement Statistics 2006-16

This relates to UK Settlement Statistics 2006-16 for decisions on in-country applications. According to Official Statistics, during 2007-16, a total of 1,497,456 Decisions were instituted on in-country applications. As many as 1,416,657 applicants were granted Settlement in the UK (inclusive of 406,952 Spouse Visas) and 80,799 applications for UK Settlement Refused. Accordingly, the Refusal Rate during 2007-16 was 5.40%. The in-country refusal rate was the highest in 2007 (9.75%) and lowest in 2012 (3.06%). Accordingly, most applications were refused during 2007 (13,481) and least during 2012 (4,101).

The highest number of Decisions (252,326) and Grants (241,192) were made in 2010. The lowest number of Decisions (66,024) and Grants (60,670) were given in 2016. All in all, during 2007-16, a total of 1,416,657 Grants were given in the following four (4) broad categories i.e. Work, Asylum, Family Formation and Reunion (Spouse and Dependants), and Other.

Settlement Grants UK 2007-16

UK Settlement Statistics 2006-16

During 2007-16, a total of 1,416,657 Grants were given in the following four (4) broad categories.

Work

556,727 Work-related grants, constituting 39.30% of the total grants, were given under six (6) sub-categories:

  1. Employment with a Work Permit (Main Applicants: 119,977, Dependants: 154,635);
  2. Tier 1 High-Value Migrants (Main Applicants: 70,182, Dependants: 66,150);
  3. Tier 2 Sponsored with a Job (Main Applicants: 37,826, Dependants: 35,472);
  4. Tier 5 Temporary Workers and Youth Mobility (Main Applicants: 32, Dependants: 12);
  5. Permit-Free Employment, Businessman, Persons of Independent Means (Main Applicants: 24,731, Dependants: 20,149);
  6. Commonwealth Citizens with a UK-born Grandparent (Main Applicants: 20,217, Dependents: 7,344).

Asylum Settlement UK

121,917 Asylum-related grants, constituting 8.61% of total grants, were given to Refugees and Persons Given ELR, HP or DL (Main Applicants: 69,934, Dependants: 51,983).

Family Formation and Reunion

465,332 Family Formation and Reunion (i.e. Spouse and Dependants) related grants, constituting 32.85% of Total Grants were given to Husbands (127,337), Wives (236,898), Children (65,554), Parents and Grandparents (8,985) and Other and Unspecified Dependants (26,558).

Other Settlement Grants

272,681 Other grants. constituting 19.25% of Total Grants were given under Other Grants (265,493) and Category Unknown (7,188).

UK Settlement Refused and Refusal Rate

During 2007-16, 80,799 in-country applications were Refused. On a year to year basis, during 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, a total of 13,481, 9,342, 12,560, 11,134, 8,055, 4,101, 6,674, 5,015, 5,083 and 5,354 applications were refused, respectively. Accordingly, the Refusal Rate during 2007-16 was 5.40%. The in-country refusal rate was the highest in 2007 (9.75%) and lowest in 2012 (3.06%).

2007

During 2007, 138,335 Decisions were taken, and 13,481 applications were refused. The Refusal Rate was 9.75%. In 2007, 124,854 applicants were Granted permanent residence in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • 37,209 Work
  • 14,191 Asylum
  • 50,822 Family Formation and Reunion
  • 22,632 Other

2008

During 2008, 158,278 Decisions were taken, and 9,342 applications were refused. The  Refusal Rate was 5.90%. In 2008, 148,936 applicants were Granted permanent residence in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 60,768
  • Asylum– 2,824
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 55,348
  • Other- 29,996

2009

During 2009, 207,341 Decisions were taken, and 12,560 applications were refused. The Refusal Rate was 6.06%. In 2009, 194,781 applicants were granted permanent residence in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 81,185  
  • Asylum– 3,110
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 72,239
  • Other– 38,247

2010

During 2010, 252,326 Decisions were taken, and 11,134 applications were refused. The Refusal Rate was 4.41%. In 2010, 241,192 applicants were granted permanent residence in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 84,347
  • Asylum– 4,931
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 69,228
  • Other– 82,686

2011

During 2011, 174,933 Decisions were taken, and 8,055 applications were refused. The Refusal Rate was 4.60%. In 2011, 166,878 applicants were granted permanent residence  in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 69,892
  • Asylum– 13,003
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 54,086
  • Other– 29,897

2012

During 2012, 133,850 Decisions were taken, and 4,101 applications were refused. The Refusal Rate was 3.06%. In 2012, 129,749 applicants were Granted settlement in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 62,195
  • Asylum– 11,434
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 47,374
  • Other Settlements– 8,746

2013

During 2013, 161,375 Decisions were taken, and 6,674 applications were refused. The Refusal Rate was 4.14%. In 2013, 154,701 applicants were Granted settlement in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 59,288
  • Asylum– 21,274
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 59,654
  • Other– 14,485

2014

During 2014, 109,072 Decisions were taken, and 5,015 applications were refused. The Refusal Rate was 4.60%. In 2014, 104,057 applicants were Granted settlement in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 38,712
  • Asylum– 17,801
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 32,846
  • Other– 14,698

2015

During 2015, 95,922 Decisions were taken, and 5,083 applications were refused. The UK Refusal Rate was 5.30%. In 2015, 90,839 applicants were Granted settlement in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 39,791
  • Asylum– 18,895
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 16,808
  • Other– 15,345

2016

During 2016, 66,024 Decisions were taken, and 5,354 applications were refused. The  Refusal Rate was 8.11%. In 2016, 60,670 applicants were Granted settlement in the UK, with the following breakup:

  • Work– 23,340
  • Asylum– 14,454
  • Family Formation and Reunion– 6,927
  • Other– 15,949

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