UK Visa Rejection Rate 2020 Visit, Student, Spouse, Work

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.

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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in 2020, only 1,196,584 decisions made, and 996,636 visas granted, 193,272 applications rejected, 6,647 applications withdrawn, and twenty-nine applications lapsed.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.

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in 2019, 3,628,404 decisions made, and 3,179,235 visas granted, 439,949 applications rejected, 9,155 applications withdrawn, and sixty-five applications lapsed.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%.

UK Visa Refusal Rate 2020

Application TypeRejection Rate
Visitor18.84%
Work4.93%
Study3.78%
Family13.05%
Dependant Joining or Accompanying18.81%
EEA Family Permits65.05%
EUSS Family Permits30.38%
Transit and Others13.30%
UK Visa Rejection Rate 202016.15%
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    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627,805 decisions made, and 506,644 UK visitor visas granted, 118,292 applications rejected, 2,846 applications withdrawn, and twenty-three applications lapsed.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.

    UK Visitor Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2020

    NationalityRejection Rate
    India15.19%
    Nigeria39.31%
    Russia3.20%
    China4.96%
    Pakistan39.01%
    Turkey23.42%
    Thailand5.10%
    Ukraine12.26%
    Saudi Arabia0.91%
    South Africa4.10%
    Egypt22.67%
    Philippines14.93%
    Indonesia8.92%
    Ghana46.23%
    Morocco29.25%
    Bangladesh37.91%
    Albania34.21%
    Algeria44.01%
    Belarus3.36%
    Sri Lanka27.86%
    Other nationalities22.68%
    UK Visitor Visa Rejection Rate 202018.84%

    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.

    UK Study Visa Rejection Rate 2020

    TypeRejection Rate
    Sponsored Study2.34%
    Students2.57%
    Child Student0.84%
    Tier 4 Child Student0.58%
    Tier 4 General Student2.37%
    Other Study16.76%
    Short Term Study (Previously Student Visitor)16.77%
    Students Other3.70%
    UK Student Visa Rejection Rate 20203.78%

    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.

    UK Sponsored Study Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2020

    NationalityRejection Rate
    China0.18%
    India5.78%
    Nigeria3.83%
    Hong Kong0.19%
    United States0.41%
    Pakistan4.28%
    Saudi Arabia2.60%
    Malaysia0.17%
    Bangladesh5.14%
    Kuwait0.23%
    Korea (South)0.15%
    Canada0.17%
    Russia0.42%
    Taiwan0.27%
    Turkey0.85%
    Thailand0.06%
    Japan0.06%
    Egypt1.93%
    Ghana13.86%
    Indonesia0.31%
    Other nationalities2.37%
    UK Sponsored Study Visa Rejection Rate by Country 20202.34%

    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.

    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.

    UK Family (Spouse) Visa Rejection Rate by Country 2020

    NationalityRejection Rate
    Pakistan7.93%
    India8.25%
    United States4.93%
    Bangladesh8.57%
    South Africa6.30%
    Nepal31.96%
    Nigeria18.69%
    Iran7.03%
    Eritrea30.50%
    Philippines9.94%
    Sudan27.72%
    Ghana22.89%
    Syria27.20%
    Turkey6.64%
    Afghanistan17.77%
    Thailand5.36%
    Hong Kong2.39%
    Sri Lanka8.60%
    Iraq8.48%
    China6.89%
    Other nationalities13.70%
    UK Family (Spouse) Visa Rejection Rate by Country 202013.05%

    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.

    UK Work Visa Refusal Rate 2020

    Application TypeRejection Rate
    High Value7.49%
    Skilled0.36%
    Temporary worker1.40%
    Others22.74%
    UK Work Visa Rejection Rate 20204.93%

    UK Work Visa Rejection Rate 2020 by Country

    NationalityRejection Rate
    India1.09%
    Turkey42.80%
    Philippines2.90%
    Ukraine0.24%
    United States0.58%
    Australia0.21%
    Nigeria2.18%
    South Africa0.64%
    Pakistan6.36%
    Egypt2.02%
    Canada0.24%
    Japan0.40%
    China1.84%
    New Zealand0.46%
    Russia1.26%
    Zimbabwe1.42%
    Hong Kong4.73%
    Korea (South)0.89%
    Sri Lanka2.21%
    Brazil0.81%
    Other nationalities3.54%
    UK Work Visa Rejection Rate 2020 by Country4.93%

    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.

    UK Skilled (Tier 2) Worker Visa Rejection Rate 2020

    NationalityRejection Rate
    India0.14%
    Philippines0.31%
    United States0.08%
    Nigeria0.97%
    Egypt0.04%
    Pakistan0.58%
    Japan0.00%
    Zimbabwe1.10%
    South Africa0.57%
    Australia0.00%
    China0.35%
    Canada0.09%
    Russia0.87%
    Turkey0.50%
    Sudan0.73%
    Brazil0.87%
    Korea (South)0.00%
    Ghana0.93%
    Sri Lanka0.38%
    Malaysia1.08%
    Other nationalities0.96%
    UK Skilled (Tier 2) Worker Visa Rejection Rate 20200.36%

    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.

    Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa Rejection Rate 2020 by Country

    NationalityRejection Rate
    Ukraine0.20%
    Australia0.24%
    India7.98%
    Canada0.16%
    New Zealand0.31%
    Japan0.71%
    United States2.19%
    Korea (South)0.62%
    Hong Kong4.76%
    Taiwan0.98%
    Pakistan1.39%
    China0.19%
    Russia0.84%
    Nigeria7.73%
    Argentina0.29%
    Sri Lanka0.50%
    Moldova0.00%
    Brazil0.43%
    Egypt0.43%
    Belarus0.00%
    Other nationalities2.66%
    UK Temporary (Tier 5) Worker Visa Rejection Rate 2020 by Country1.40%
    UK Visa Rejection Rate 2020