UK Visa Success Rate UK Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2018 Q2

This covers the UK visa success rate and the UK visa refusal rate by Country 2018 for Entry Clearance Applications from outside the UK during April-June 2018. Apparently, the post highlights the UK visa success rate and refusal rates for all the types of entry clearance applications. Accordingly, provides the details of UK work, student, spouse settlement, visitor visa success and refusal rate.

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UK visa success rate by the type of applications

According to the Official Statistics in April-June 2018 quarter, 1,100,856 Applications submitted for UK Entry Clearance Visa from across the globe. Accordingly, 1,041,108 entry clearance decisions made and 937,845 visas granted. Moreover, 100,684 entry clearance applications rejected. Therefore, the UK visa success rate of 90.08% and UK Visa Refusal Rate of 9.67% reported for 2018 Q2. Moreover, 2,553 applications were withdrawn and 26 applications lapsed during the quarter.

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UK Visa Application TypeResolvedSuccess RateRefusal Rate
Tier 1 – General (Main Applicants)00.00%0.00%
Tier 1 – Investors (Main Applicants)9497.87%2.13%
Tier 1 – Entrepreneurs (Main Applicants)47356.24%43.55%
Tier 1 – Graduate entrepreneurs (Main Applicants)87100.00%0.00%
Tier 1 – Exceptional Talent (Main Applicants)12499.19%0.00%
Tier 1 – Other (Main Applicants)00.00%0.00%
Other permit free employment –
High value (Main Applicants)
27874.46%23.38%
Tier 1 – General (Dependant)1866.67%27.78%
Tier 1 – Investors (Dependant)15393.46%6.54%
Tier 1 – Entrepreneurs (Dependant)59381.79%17.54%
Tier 1 – Graduate entrepreneurs (Dependant)2190.48%9.52%
Tier 1 – Post Study (Dependant)10.00%100.00%
Tier 1 – Exceptional Talent (Dependant)7397.26%2.74%
Tier 1 – Other (Dependant)00.00%0.00%
UK work visa refusal rate for
Tier 2 – General (Main Applicants)
4,87896.64%3.14%
Tier 2 – Intra Company Transfers (Main Applicants)7798.70%1.30%
Tier 2 – Intra Company Transfers
Short Term (Main Applicants)
2100.00%0.00%
Tier 2 – Intra Company Transfers
Long Term (Main Applicants)
8,63099.55%0.37%
Tier 2 – Ministers of Religion (Main Applicants)13783.21%16.79%
Tier 2 – Sportsperson (Main Applicants)25100.00%0.00%
Work Permit Holders (Main Applicants)3797.30%2.70%
Tier 2 – Dependant4,44095.47%4.41%
Tier 2 – Intra Company Transfers Short Term
(Dependant)
15100.00%0.00%
Tier 2 – Intra Company Transfers Long Term
(Dependant)
9,19599.52%0.40%
Work Permit Holders (Dependant)3393.94%6.06%
Tier 5 – Charity Workers (Main Applicants)45280.97%17.48%
Tier 5 – Creative and Sporting (Main Applicants)2,30293.01%5.86%
Tier 5 – Government Authorised Exchange
(Main Applicants)
2,49198.68%1.00%
Tier 5 – International Agreement (Main Applicants)16190.06%9.32%
Tier 5 – Religious Workers (Main Applicants)47286.23%13.35%
Tier 5 – Youth Mobility (Main Applicants)6,37497.74%1.88%
Tier 5 – Dependant67892.33%7.23%
Domestic workers in Private Households
(Main Applicants)
9,81289.66%10.06%
UK Ancestry (Main Applicants)1,03295.06%4.36%
Other permit free employment – Non-PBS
(Main Applicants)
25083.60%16.00%
Domestic workers in Private Households
(Dependant)
1136.36%45.45%
Other permit free employment not allocated
(Main Applicants)
27999.28%0.36%
UK student visa success rate for
Tier 4 – General student (Main Applicants)
31,33698.38%1.43%
Tier 4 – Child student (Main Applicants)1,28596.58%3.11%
Tier 4 – General student (Dependant)1,97692.31%7.49%
Short-term study (previously Student Visitors)59,01494.52%5.33%
Family: Partner (UK spouse visa refusal rate)9,77478.53%21.01%
Family: Partner (for immediate settlement)5792.98%7.02%
Family: Child1,34166.52%31.99%
Family: Child (for immediate settlement)86653.35%46.07%
Family: Other1,86069.03%30.27%
Family: Other (for immediate settlement)10626.42%71.70%
Joining or accompanying: Partner72494.48%4.70%
Joining or accompanying: Child1,08194.26%5.27%
Joining or accompanying: Other560.00%40.00%
EEA family permits11,92058.34%40.94%
UK visit visa success rate for Visitors
(Main Applicants)
737,27889.35%10.42%
Visitors (Dependant)114,86692.38%7.46%
Transit7,41392.46%6.06%
Other temporary5,51197.28%0.29%
Certificate of entitlement to right of abode45887.55%10.70%
Other settlement (indefinite leave)53984.79%14.29%
*Total1,041,10890.08%9.67%

UK visa success and refusal rate by country 2018

During Q2 2012, Chinese (261,998), Indian (237,500), Saudi (49,808), Russian (48,429) and Turkish (39,096) nationals made the most applications for UK visa and immigration.

Apparently,  the UK visa refusal rate amongst the top 10 was the highest for Nigerian (35.68%) and Pakistani (30.10%) nationals. However, the refusal rate was also high for Filipino (10.08%), Indian (8.24%) and Turkish (7.16%) nationals. Moreover, within the top 10, the lowest UK visa refusal rate was for Saudi (0.60%) and Russain (1.03%) nationals. And also for Chinese (1.47%), South African (1.79%) and Thai (3.79%) nationals.

Country of NationalityResolvedSuccess RateRefusal Rate
Afghanistan1,28655.99%43.00%
Albania3,02764.12%35.45%
Algeria6,63250.35%49.55%
American Samoa00.00%0.00%
Andorra2100.00%0.00%
Angola92577.08%22.59%
Anguilla (British)00.00%0.00%
Antigua and Barbuda540.00%60.00%
Argentina18186.74%12.71%
Armenia97889.57%9.51%
Aruba00.00%0.00%
Australia4,68295.60%3.52%
Austria00.00%0.00%
Azerbaijan2,35879.18%20.31%
Bahamas, The1283.33%16.67%
Bahrain3,25799.14%0.74%
Bangladesh7,63271.76%27.79%
Barbados3789.19%10.81%
Belarus4,07795.81%3.65%
Belgium10.00%100.00%
Belize4100.00%0.00%
Benin31337.06%62.94%
Bermuda (British)00.00%0.00%
Bhutan3190.32%9.68%
Bolivia55190.74%8.53%
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius
and Saba
00.00%0.00%
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
82593.33%6.06%
Botswana3582.86%17.14%
Brazil1,16178.64%20.24%
British overseas citizens2100.00%0.00%
Brunei43100.00%0.00%
Bulgaria250.00%0.00%
Burkina11270.54%26.79%
Burma1,08881.99%18.01%
Burundi12746.46%53.54%
Cambodia60781.88%17.63%
Cameroon1,61157.91%40.66%
Canada2,09094.88%4.83%
Cape Verde3577.14%22.86%
Cayman Islands (British)00.00%0.00%
Central African Republic1566.67%33.33%
Chad2857.14%39.29%
Chile15587.74%11.61%
China261,99898.45%1.47%
Christmas Island00.00%0.00%
Cocos (Keeling) Islands00.00%0.00%
Colombia10,88394.29%5.35%
Comoros8075.00%25.00%
Congo18361.75%36.61%
Congo (Democratic Republic)1,39045.97%50.86%
Cook Islands00.00%0.00%
Costa Rica1580.00%20.00%
Croatia3100.00%0.00%
Cuba62087.42%11.29%
Curacao00.00%0.00%
Cyprus1315.38%84.62%
Cyprus (Northern part of)13381.20%18.80%
Czech Republic00.00%0.00%
Denmark00.00%0.00%
Djibouti3873.68%26.32%
Dominica4290.48%9.52%
Dominican Republic90784.56%14.99%
East Timor1100.00%0.00%
Ecuador2,03090.64%9.21%
Egypt12,34875.29%24.08%
El Salvador4100.00%0.00%
Equatorial Guinea4257.14%40.48%
Eritrea76773.14%26.21%
Estonia00.00%0.00%
Ethiopia1,48561.75%37.78%
Falkland Islands (British)00.00%0.00%
Faroe Islands00.00%0.00%
Fiji32277.64%21.74%
Finland00.00%0.00%
Former Yugoslavia00.00%0.00%
France2100.00%0.00%
French Guiana00.00%0.00%
French Polynesia00.00%0.00%
Gabon12180.99%18.18%
Gambia, The88947.47%52.53%
Georgia1,62579.63%20.06%
Germany1100.00%0.00%
Ghana9,82757.48%42.06%
Gibraltar (British)00.00%0.00%
Greece00.00%0.00%
Greenland00.00%0.00%
Grenada1877.78%22.22%
Guadeloupe00.00%0.00%
Guam00.00%0.00%
Guatemala560.00%40.00%
Guinea23356.65%43.35%
Guinea-Bissau7341.10%56.16%
Guyana45590.55%9.45%
Haiti13486.57%11.19%
Heard Island and
McDonald Islands
00.00%0.00%
Honduras3100.00%0.00%
Hong Kong1,66593.21%5.89%
Hungary00.00%0.00%
Iceland00.00%0.00%
India237,50091.58%8.24%
Indonesia18,14995.94%3.88%
Iran6,12353.29%46.48%
Iraq2,71052.47%46.75%
Ireland00.00%0.00%
Israel26990.33%9.67%
Italy250.00%50.00%
Ivory Coast77560.90%38.45%
Jamaica3,51180.40%19.05%
Japan2,21097.69%2.26%
Jordan4,44489.04%10.67%
Kazakhstan5,32093.93%5.66%
Kenya5,97384.82%14.68%
Kiribati00.00%0.00%
Korea (North)7100.00%0.00%
Korea (South)1,49397.45%2.34%
Kosovo1,27272.48%26.81%
Kuwait2,60597.43%1.11%
Kyrgyzstan38677.72%21.76%
Laos20686.41%13.11%
Latvia1100.00%0.00%
Lebanon5,10786.74%12.83%
Lesotho11896.61%3.39%
Liberia12467.74%27.42%
Libya93947.82%50.69%
Liechtenstein00.00%0.00%
Lithuania00.00%0.00%
Luxembourg00.00%0.00%
Macau25100.00%0.00%
Macedonia1,12392.97%6.06%
Madagascar23188.74%11.26%
Malawi68084.26%15.29%
Malaysia55489.35%10.11%
Maldives988.89%0.00%
Mali14374.83%24.48%
Malta00.00%0.00%
Marshall Islands00.00%0.00%
Martinique00.00%0.00%
Mauritania6669.70%27.27%
Mauritius8279.27%19.51%
Mayotte00.00%0.00%
Mexico30987.70%12.30%
Micronesia00.00%0.00%
Moldova68077.79%22.21%
Monaco1100.00%0.00%
Mongolia73574.56%25.03%
Montenegro42996.27%3.03%
Montserrat (British)10.00%100.00%
Morocco5,52475.38%24.02%
Mozambique30980.91%16.83%
Namibia3772.97%24.32%
Nauru00.00%0.00%
Nepal4,66074.25%25.41%
Netherlands1100.00%0.00%
New Caledonia00.00%0.00%
New Zealand1,94994.46%5.08%
Nicaragua650.00%16.67%
Niger7379.45%20.55%
Nigeria32,12764.03%35.68%
Niue00.00%0.00%
Norfolk Island00.00%0.00%
Northern Mariana Islands00.00%0.00%
Norway00.00%0.00%
Palestine1,25168.03%31.25%
Oman51997.88%1.16%
Other and unknown58373.41%26.07%
Pakistan38,61269.70%30.10%
Palau00.00%0.00%
Panama887.50%12.50%
Papua New Guinea560.00%40.00%
Paraguay1573.33%26.67%
Peru3,28594.19%5.36%
Philippines24,05989.66%10.08%
Pitcairn Islands (British)00.00%0.00%
Poland10.00%100.00%
Portugal00.00%0.00%
Puerto Rico00.00%0.00%
Qatar1,88296.71%0.64%
Refugee2,10167.54%32.03%
Reunion00.00%0.00%
Romania425.00%0.00%
Russia48,42998.52%1.03%
Rwanda40474.75%23.02%
Samoa00.00%0.00%
San Marino00.00%0.00%
Sao Tome
and Principe
2035.00%65.00%
Saudi Arabia49,80899.25%0.60%
Senegal63553.39%46.14%
Serbia4,17395.93%3.47%
Seychelles2788.89%11.11%
Sierra Leone1,00656.46%43.04%
Singapore31894.65%4.40%
Slovakia00.00%0.00%
Slovenia00.00%0.00%
Solomon Islands00.00%0.00%
Somalia56363.77%34.46%
South Africa35,99697.98%1.79%
South Georgia and
South Sandwich Islands
00.00%0.00%
Spain00.00%0.00%
Sri Lanka8,59378.20%21.38%
St. Helena (British)00.00%0.00%
St. Kitts and Nevis1478.57%21.43%
St. Lucia1770.59%29.41%
St. Maarten (Dutch Part)00.00%0.00%
St. Martin (French Part)00.00%0.00%
St. Pierre and Miquelon00.00%0.00%
St. Vincent and
the Grenadines
1464.29%35.71%
Stateless21069.52%28.57%
Sudan2,96865.90%33.63%
Sudan (South)7266.67%30.56%
Surinam4481.82%18.18%
Svalbard and
Jan Mayen
00.00%0.00%
Swaziland15894.30%5.70%
Sweden00.00%0.00%
Switzerland00.00%0.00%
Syria2,65173.48%26.07%
Taiwan1,30897.94%2.06%
Tajikistan10688.68%11.32%
Tanzania1,71082.98%16.67%
Thailand22,78996.06%3.79%
Togo14169.50%29.08%
Tokelau00.00%0.00%
Tonga11100.00%0.00%
Trinidad and Tobago6178.69%19.67%
Tunisia2,18573.82%25.31%
Turkey39,09692.67%7.16%
Turkmenistan31583.81%16.19%
Turks and
Caicos Islands (British)
00.00%0.00%
Tuvalu00.00%0.00%
Uganda2,30866.20%33.06%
Ukraine16,19789.61%10.16%
United Arab Emirates1,51399.41%0.33%
United States7,83595.37%4.06%
Uruguay1586.67%13.33%
Uzbekistan1,15479.98%19.76%
Vanuatu00.00%0.00%
Vatican City00.00%0.00%
Venezuela1,79884.93%14.96%
Vietnam6,92285.44%14.32%
Virgin Islands (British)00.00%0.00%
Virgin Islands (US)00.00%0.00%
Wallis and Futuna00.00%0.00%
Western Sahara00.00%0.00%
Yemen1,20652.07%46.52%
Zambia1,34685.36%14.34%
Zimbabwe3,36768.70%30.68%
*Total1,041,10890.08%09.67%
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