Tier 2 Visa Statistics: Entry Clearance, Extension, Settlement

This relates to Tier 2 Visa Statistics April-June 2017Tier 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

Year Applications Resolved Granted %
2008 58,093 58,260 55,837 95.84%
2009 40,415 40,646 36,287 89.28%
2010 42,908 43,132 39,922 92.56%
2011 39,795 39,787 38,088 95.73%
2012 40,435 40,175 39,171 97.50%
2013 46,390 46,538 45,636 98.06%
2014 53,725 53,622 52,463 97.84%
2015 55,268 55,559 54,365 97.85%
2016 56,361 56,182 54,905 97.73%
2017 54,868 54,675 53,409 97.68%
Total 488,258 488,576 470,083 96.21%

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

Year Refused Refusal Rate Withdrawn Lapsed
2008 1,895 3.25% 337 191
2009 3,928 9.66% 302 129
2010 2,995 6.94% 167 48
2011 1,463 3.68% 218 18
2012 846 2.11% 133 25
2013 801 1.72% 89 12
2014 950 1.77% 194 15
2015 1,067 1.92% 114 13
2016 1,179 2.10% 90 8
2017 1,173 2.15% 90 3
Total 16,297 3.34% 1,734 462

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

Year Decisions Grants Rejections Refusal Rate
2008 43,825 42,468 1,357 3.10%
2009 30,336 27,851 2,485 8.19%
2010 23,145 21,269 1,876 8.11%
2011 19,566 18,205 1,361 6.96%
2012 30,841 29,524 1,317 4.27%
2013 39,056 37,656 1,400 3.58%
2014 36,826 35,266 1,560 4.24%
2015 35,385 33,185 2,200 6.22%
2016 36,729 34,984 1,745 4.75%
2017 35,117 33,733 1,384 3.94%
Total 330,826 314,141 16,685 5.04%

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

Year Decisions Grants Rejections Refusal Rate
2008 42,092 40,891 1,201 2.85%
2009 7,516 7,287 229 3.05%
2010 84 40 44 52.38%
2011 17 8 9 52.94%
2012 8 6 2 25.00%
2013 2 2 0 0.00%
2014 5 0 5 100.00%
2015 2 1 1 50.00%
2016 0 0 0 N/A
2017 0 0 0 N/A
Total 49,726 48,235 1,491 3.00%

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

Year Decisions Grants Rejections Refusal Rate
2008 568 414 154 27.11%
2009 172 99 73 42.44%
2010 21 10 11 52.38%
2011 4 2 2 50.00%
2012 1 0 1 100.00%
2013 2 0 2 100.00%
Total 768 525 243 31.64%

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

Year Decisions Grants Rejections Refusal Rate
2008 1,110 1,110 0 0.00%
2009 337 330 7 2.08%
2010 15 15 0 0.00%
2011 0 0 0 N/A
2012 2 2 0 0.00%
Total 1,464 1,457 7 0.48%

Tier 2 Settlement Statistics 2008-17

Year Employment with a work permit
Tier 2 Sponsored with a job
2008 23,272 0
2009 25,425 425
2010 23,053 2,829
2011 15,056 4,182
2012 9,431 4,292
2013 6,985 5,167
2014 1,307 5,938
2015 191 9,266
2016 91 5,727
2017 107 7,146
Total 104,918 44,972

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