This relates to Tier 2 Visa Statistics for entry clearance, extension and settlement grants from 2008-17. And also the immigration statistics relating to pre-PBS equivalent Tier 2 work visa statistics. Apparently, Tier 2 (for sponsored skilled workers) launched in November 2008, and gradually replaced its pre-PBS equivalent work visa routes such as work permit. According, during 2008-17 a total of 470,083 entry clearance and 330,826 extension grants have been made under the various different Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent categories. Moreover, the 10 years average Tier 2 visa refusal rate for entry clearance applications (3.34%) is lower than that for extensions (5%). Perhaps, the Tier 2 settlement grants have gradually supplanted the settlement through pre-PBS work permit route.
Tier 2 Visa Statistics and Refusal Rate 2008-17
During 2008-17, a total of 488,258 entry clearance applications submitted for Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent. Accordingly, 488,576 applications resolved and 470,083 entry clearance visas granted under the Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent. Therefore, 10 years average Tier 2 visa success rate is 96.21%.
Perhaps, it is quite surprising to note the most number of applications (58,093) and grants (55,837) were made during 2008, which largely represents non-PBS work permit applications. However, the number of applications and visa grants since 2014 are in very proximity to that in 2008. And also with a higher success rate!
Apparently and quite understandably the Tier 2 visa success rate was lowest (89.28%) in 2009. However, subsequently, it seems as though the applicants and all the other stakeholders gradually learnt from their mistakes, which is the major reason for the rise in the success rate.
Tier 2 Visa Statistics Entry Clearance Applications 2008-17
Tier 2 Visa Statistics and Refusal Rate for Entry Clearance
From 2008 to 2017, a total of 16,297 Tier 2 and pre-PBS equivalent entry clearance applications refused. And also 1,734 applications withdrawn and 462 lapsed. Accordingly, the 10 years average Tier 2 visa refusal rate for entry clearance was 3.34%. Apparently, the Tier 2 visa refusal rate was highest in 2009 (9.66%) and lowest (1.72%) in 2013. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa refusal rate in recent years hovers in the range of 2%, which is quite encouraging for the prospective applicants.
Tier 2 Visa Refusal Rate for Entry Clearance Applications 2008-17
Tier 2 Immigration Statistics for Extension Applications 2008-17
During 2008-17, a total of 330,826 extensions and leave to remain decisions made under Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent routes. And also, 314,141 extensions granted and 16,685 applications refused under the Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent. Moreover, 10 years average Tier 2 extension refusal rate is 5.04%.
Tier 2 & pre-PBS equivalent Visa Extension Statistics 2008-17
Extensions: Pre PBS Tier 2 Equivalent Work Permit Statistics
Perhaps, prior to the inception of the PBS Tier 2 route, the major immigration route for doing work in the UK was Employment with a work permit. Accordingly, ever since November 2008 the number of extension decisions and grants relating to work permit fell quite drastically. Therefore, after 2009 the number of decisions relating to work permit is only a very small fraction of the total extension grants under Tier 2 and pre-PBS equivalent. However, most of the people still refer to Tier 2 as work permit visa, which speaks for the popularity of the work permit route prior to November 2008.
UK Work Permit Statistics 2008-17
Pre PBS Tier 2 Equivalent Other Permit Free Employment Skilled
Other Permit Free Employment Skilled is also a pre-PBS equivalent route for high skilled employment. Therefore, like the work permit route, the number of extensions under this route fell after 2008 and the last extension granted under the route was in 2011.
Other permit free employment – skilled Statistics 2008-17
Pre-PBS Tier 2 Equivalent Ministers of Religion/Missionary
Since 2008, the Tier 2 Ministers of Religion has gradually replaced the pre-pbs equivalent category of Ministers of Religion/Missionary. Accordingly, after 2008 and 2009, the number of decisions are nearly negligible. And also no decision made after 2012 in this pre-pbs category.
Ministers of religion/missionary Statistics 2008-17
UK Immigration Statistics for Tier 2 & Pre-PBS Settlement Grants
Tier 2 Settlement Statistics 2008-17
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Tier 2 Sponsored with a job
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