UK Visitor, Student, Spouse and Work Visa Rejection Rate 2020

This explains the UK visa rejection rate 2020 for Visitor, Study, Tier 4 Student, Family (Spouse) Settlement, Work, Tier 2 Skilled Worker, Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa from outside the UK.

1. Overview 2. Visitor 3. Student 4. Family 5. Work

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1. Overview

UK Visa Rejection Rate 2020

The number of Entry Clearance Applications made in 2020 (1,169,394) were three times less than that during 2019 due to Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, in 2020, only 1,196,584 decisions made, and 996,636 visas granted, 193,272 applications rejected, 6,647 applications withdrawn, and twenty-nine applications lapsed. The UK visa approval and rejection rate in 2020 was 83.29% and 16.15%, respectively. Table No. 1

UK Visa Rejection Rate 2019

According to the Official Statistics in 2019, 3,628,404 decisions made, and 3,179,235 visas granted, 439,949 applications rejected, 9,155 applications withdrawn, and sixty-five applications lapsed. The UK visa success and refusal rate in 2019 was 87.62% and 12.13%, respectively. Therefore, in 2020, the UK visa rejection rate has increased from 12.13% to 16.15%.

2. Visitor

UK Visitor Visa Rejection Rate 2020

During 2020, 589,838 applications submitted, 627,805 decisions made, and 506,644 UK visitor visas granted, 118,292 applications rejected, 2,846 applications withdrawn, and twenty-three applications lapsed. Therefore, the UK visitor visa success and refusal rate in 2020 is 80.7% and 18.84%, respectively. Table No. 2

3. Study

UK Student Visa Rejection Rate 2020

During 2020, 260,324 applications submitted, 264,883 decisions made, 253,694 UK Student Visas granted, 10,016 applications rejected, 1,171 applications withdrawn, and two applications lapsed. The UK student visa success rate and refusal rate in 2020 was 95.77% and 3.78%, respectively. Table No. 3

Sponsored Study

During 2020, 237,243 applications submitted, 238,328 decisions made, 232,192 UK Sponsored Student Visas granted, and 5,565 applications rejected. The UK sponsored student visa success rate and refusal ratio in 2020 was 97.43% and 2.34%, respectively. Table No. 4

4. Family

UK Family (Spouse) Visa Rejection Rate 2020

In 2020, 41,901 applications submitted, 46,496 decisions made, 40,255 UK family visas granted, and 6,068 applications rejected. The UK family (spouse) visa success and refusal rate 2020 was 86.58% and 13.05%, respectively. Table No. 5

Please note, the UK family visa route covers visas where an individual is applying for a visa because of their relationship to a person settled in the UK or a British citizen. This includes spouse settlement visa, adult dependant relative, parent of a British Child visa etc. However, the family route does not include the ‘joining or accompanying’ entry clearance applications. In fact, the ‘joining or accompanying’ route is for those individuals who are applying for visa based on their relationship to another migrant who is not settled in the UK or a British citizen, and who is on a route without a specific visa for dependants.

5. Work

UK Work Visa Rejection Rate 2020

In 2020, 146,080 applications submitted, 132,529 decisions made, 125,173 UK work visas granted, 6,528 applications rejected, The UK work visa success and refusal rate in 2020 was 94.45% and 4.93%, respectively. Table No. 6 and Table No. 7

Tier 2 Skilled Workers

In 2020, 72,476 applications submitted, 78,215 decisions made, 77,760 Skilled (Tier 2) work visas granted, 280 applications rejected, The UK Skilled Tier 2 work visa success and refusal rate in 2020 was 99.42% and 0.36%, respectively. Table No. 8

Tier 5 Temporary Workers

In 2020, 25,074 applications submitted, 27,309 decisions made, 26,500 Skilled (Tier 5) work visas granted, 383 applications rejected, The UK Skilled Tier 5 work visa success and refusal rate in 2020 was 97.04% and 1.40%, respectively. Table No. 9

UK Visa Rejection Rate 2020

Table No. 1 UK Visa Rejection Rate 2020

Application TypeDecisionsRejection Rate
Visitor627,80518.84%
Work132,5294.93%
Study264,8833.78%
Family46,49613.05%
Dependant Joining or Accompanying10,19818.81%
EEA Family Permits55,76565.05%
EUSS Family Permits37,12230.38%
Transit and Others21,78613.30%
UK Visa Rejection Rate 20201,196,58416.15%

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UK Visa Refusal Rate 2020

Table No. 2 UK Visitor Visa Rejection Rate by Country 2020

NationalityDecisionsRejection Rate
India131,60015.19%
Nigeria56,68539.31%
Russia49,4773.20%
China54,8454.96%
Pakistan35,20239.01%
Turkey32,02023.42%
Thailand20,4405.10%
Ukraine20,20612.26%
Saudi Arabia20,7890.91%
South Africa18,0964.10%
Egypt14,67722.67%
Philippines11,95714.93%
Indonesia11,6628.92%
Ghana10,17446.23%
Morocco9,49229.25%
Bangladesh7,89837.91%
Albania7,32534.21%
Algeria7,00644.01%
Belarus5,2333.36%
Sri Lanka5,35527.86%
Other nationalities97,66622.68%
UK Visitor Visa Rejection Rate 2020627,80518.84%

Table No. 3 UK Study Visa Rejection Rate 2020

TypeDecisionsRejection Rate
Sponsored Study238,3282.34%
Students44,5312.57%
Child Student7160.84%
Tier 4 Child Student8,6380.58%
Tier 4 General Student184,4432.37%
Other Study26,55516.76%
Short Term Study (Previously Student Visitor)26,52816.77%
Students Other273.70%
Total264,8833.78%

Table No. 4 UK Sponsored Study Visa Rejection Rate by Country 2020

NationalityDecisionsRejection Rate
China82,0430.18%
India56,7545.78%
Nigeria13,6163.83%
Hong Kong8,6180.19%
United States8,4850.41%
Pakistan6,8504.28%
Saudi Arabia5,8562.60%
Malaysia4,1340.17%
Bangladesh3,7565.14%
Kuwait3,0650.23%
Korea (South)2,6190.15%
Canada2,3130.17%
Russia2,1250.42%
Taiwan1,8860.27%
Turkey1,8760.85%
Thailand1,7290.06%
Japan1,7910.06%
Egypt1,7091.93%
Ghana1,58713.86%
Indonesia1,6220.31%
Other nationalities25,8942.37%
UK Sponsored Study Visa Rejection Rate by Country 2020238,3282.34%

Table No. 5 UK Family (Spouse) Visa Rejection Rate by Country 2020

NationalityDecisionsRejection Rate
Pakistan7,1277.93%
India3,4788.25%
United States2,0674.93%
Bangladesh2,3238.57%
South Africa1,6026.30%
Nepal2,18431.96%
Nigeria1,80818.69%
Iran1,7647.03%
Eritrea1,51830.50%
Philippines1,3289.94%
Sudan1,36027.72%
Ghana1,18422.89%
Syria1,15827.20%
Turkey9946.64%
Afghanistan95117.77%
Thailand8955.36%
Hong Kong7122.39%
Sri Lanka9658.60%
Iraq6378.48%
China6686.89%
Other nationalities11,77313.70%
UK Family (Spouse) Visa Rejection Rate by Country 202046,49613.05%

Table No. 6 UK Work Visa Rejection Rate 2020

Application TypeDecisionsRejection Rate
High Value1,8157.49%
Skilled78,2150.36%
Temporary worker27,3091.40%
Others25,19022.74%
UK Work Visa Rejection Rate 2020132,5294.93%

Table No. 7 UK Work Visa Rejection Rate 2020 by Country

NationalityDecisionsRejection Rate
India38,6431.09%
Turkey10,45542.80%
Philippines9,1342.90%
Ukraine7,0130.24%
United States6,7670.58%
Australia6,7310.21%
Nigeria5,5842.18%
South Africa4,0540.64%
Pakistan4,0276.36%
Egypt3,4092.02%
Canada3,3820.24%
Japan3,4590.40%
China2,5061.84%
New Zealand2,3720.46%
Russia1,8301.26%
Zimbabwe1,7581.42%
Hong Kong1,5874.73%
Korea (South)1,4660.89%
Sri Lanka1,1762.21%
Brazil9840.81%
Other nationalities16,1923.54%
UK Work Visa Rejection Rate 2020 by Country132,5294.93%

Table No. 8 UK Skilled (Tier 2) Worker Visa Rejection Rate 2020

NationalityDecisionsRejection Rate
India34,3440.14%
Philippines5,8550.31%
United States4,9050.08%
Nigeria4,7520.97%
Egypt2,7900.04%
Pakistan2,5940.58%
Japan2,1400.00%
Zimbabwe1,5451.10%
South Africa1,5740.57%
Australia1,5470.00%
China1,4200.35%
Canada1,1670.09%
Russia1,1450.87%
Turkey8080.50%
Sudan6850.73%
Brazil6890.87%
Korea (South)5870.00%
Ghana5400.93%
Sri Lanka5210.38%
Malaysia4621.08%
Other nationalities8,1450.96%
UK Skilled (Tier 2) Worker Visa Rejection Rate 202078,2150.36%

Table No. 9 UK Temporary (Tier 5) Worker Visa Rejection Rate 2020 by Country

NationalityDecisionsRejection Rate
Ukraine6,4750.20%
Australia4,5740.24%
India1,9437.98%
Canada1,8830.16%
New Zealand1,6200.31%
Japan1,2740.71%
United States8682.19%
Korea (South)8030.62%
Hong Kong7364.76%
Taiwan7130.98%
Pakistan5751.39%
China5400.19%
Russia4740.84%
Nigeria4017.73%
Argentina3410.29%
Sri Lanka4030.50%
Moldova2930.00%
Brazil2340.43%
Egypt2330.43%
Belarus2180.00%
Other nationalities2,7082.66%
UK Temporary (Tier 5) Worker Visa Rejection Rate 2020 by Country27,3091.40%

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