UK Settlement Visa Statistics 2007-17 | Grants and Refusal Rate

This relates to UK Settlement Statistics 2006-16UK Settlement Visa Statistics 2007-17 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

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

UK Settlement Visa Statistics 2007-17

Year Decisions Grants Refused Refusal Rate
2007 138,335 124,854 13,481 9.75%
2008 158,278 148,936 9,342 5.90%
2009 207,341 194,781 12,560 6.06%
2010 252,326 241,192 11,134 4.41%
2011 174,933 166,878 8,055 4.60%
2012 133,850 129,749 4,101 3.06%
2013 161,375 154,701 6,674 4.14%
2014 109,072 104,057 5,015 4.60%
2015 95,922 90,839 5,083 5.30%
2016 66,024 60,670 5,354 8.11%
2017 68,781 65,102 3,679 5.35%
Total 1,566,237 1,481,759 84,478 5.39%

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).

UK Settlement Work Visa Statistics 2007-17 Main Applicants

Year Employment with a work permit Tier 1 High Value Migrants Tier 2 Sponsored with a job Tier 5 Temporary workers and Youth Mobility Permit-free employment, businessman, persons of independent means
Commonwealth citizens with a UK-born grandparent
2007 15,166 z z z 866 1,677
2008 23,272 4 0 0 2,064 2,088
2009 25,425 1,568 425 0 4,881 1,975
2010 23,053 3,783 2,829 1 5,783 2,015
2011 15,056 9,071 4,182 1 2,737 2,556
2012 9,431 13,936 4,292 3 1,574 2,240
2013 6,985 14,497 5,167 5 2,221 3,181
2014 1,307 11,104 5,938 2 1,565 1,872
2015 191 10,184 9,266 5 1,866 1,369
2016 91 6,035 5,727 15 1,174 1,244
2017 107 1,753 7,146 7 1,318 1,171
Total 120,084 71,935 44,972 39 26,049 21,388

Work- Dependants

UK Settlement Work Visa Statistics 2007-17 Dependants

Year Employment with a work permit Tier 1 High Value Migrants Tier 2 Sponsored with a job Tier 5 Temporary workers and Youth Mobility Permit-free employment, businessman, persons of independent means
Commonwealth citizens with a UK-born grandparent
2007 18,067 z z z 701 732
2008 30,574 4 0 0 1,791 971
2009 36,810 2,261 597 0 6,276 967
2010 31,665 4,430 3,847 0 5,999 942
2011 18,255 9,938 5,116 0 2,135 845
2012 10,640 13,650 4,748 0 944 737
2013 6,962 13,236 5,154 0 914 966
2014 1,330 9,375 5,225 1 503 490
2015 230 8,634 7,168 7 508 363
2016 102 4,622 3,617 4 378 331
2017 141 2,000 3,702 2 438 319
Total 154,776 68,150 39,174 14 20,587 7,663

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).

UK Settlement Visa Grants Statistics 2007-17 by Main Categories

Year Work Asylum Family formation and reunion Other Total
2007 37,209 14,191 50,822 22,632 124,854
2008 60,768 2,824 55,348 29,996 148,936
2009 81,185 3,110 72,239 38,247 194,781
2010 84,347 4,931 69,228 82,686 241,192
2011 69,892 13,003 54,086 29,897 166,878
2012 62,195 11,434 47,374 8,746 129,749
2013 59,288 21,274 59,654 14,485 154,701
2014 38,712 17,801 32,846 14,698 104,057
2015 39,791 18,895 16,808 15,345 90,839
2016 23,340 14,454 6,927 15,949 60,670
2017 18,104 18,730 5,420 22,848 65,102
Total 574,831 140,647 470,752 295,529 1,481,759
%age 38.79% 9.49% 31.77% 19.94% 100.00%

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).

UK Settlement Visa Asylum Statistics 2007-17

(Refugees and persons given ELR, HP or DL)

Year Main applicant Dependant Total
2007 10,251 3,940 14,191
2008 1,995 829 2,824
2009 2,102 1,008 3,110
2010 3,158 1,773 4,931
2011 7,493 5,510 13,003
2012 6,498 4,936 11,434
2013 11,172 10,102 21,274
2014 9,696 8,105 17,801
2015 9,997 8,898 18,895
2016 7,572 6,882 14,454
2017 9,840 8,890 18,730
Total 79,774 60,873 140,647

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 Family Formation and Reunion Statistics 2007-17

Year Husbands Wives Children Parents and grandparents Other and unspecified dependants *Total
2007 13,809 23,174 8,494 1,001 4,344 50,822
2008 15,988 25,341 8,263 975 4,781 55,348
2009 19,872 35,728 10,147 1,003 5,489 72,239
2010 18,425 34,722 9,699 1,766 4,616 69,228
2011 14,188 27,496 7,501 1,783 3,118 54,086
2012 12,620 24,779 6,036 1,389 2,550 47,374
2013 16,648 33,850 7,421 784 951 59,654
2014 9,526 18,704 4,101 187 328 32,846
2015 4,721 9,373 2,430 64 220 16,808
2016 1,540 3,731 1,462 33 161 6,927
2017 1,118 3,162 967 11 162 5,420
Total 128,455 240,060 66,521 8,996 26,720 470,752

UK Settlement Refused | Spouse Visa UK Success 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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