UK Visa Success and Refusal Rate by Country 2021

This explains the UK Visa Success and Refusal Rate for the Year Ending March 2021 for Visitor, Sponsored 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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UK Visa Success and Refusal Rate by Country 2021

UK Visa Success and Refusal Rate 2021

There were 668,979 visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 78.42% (2,431,714) fewer than the previous year (3,100,693) due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the total visas granted in the last 12 months (ending on March 31, 2021), 26.16% were to visit, 38.39% were for study, 18.31% were to work, 6.86% for family settlement and dep. joining or accompanying, 8.15% for EUSS and EEA Family Permits, and 2.13% for transit and other temporary purposes.

In the year ending March 2021, a total of 836,352 persons applied for a UK visa, 849,483 entry clearance applications decided, 668,979 visas granted, and 174,000 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 78.75% and 20.48%, respectively.

Visa Type UK Visa Success Rate 2021
Total Work Visas 86.71%
High value 93.03%
Skilled 99.23%
Temporary Worker 95.25%
Other Work Visas and Exemptions 51.30%
Total Study Visas 95.57%
Sponsored Study 96.50%
Other Study 68.67%
Total Family Visas 86.88%
Total Dependant Joining or Accompanying others 60.95%
EEA Family Permits 32.31%
EUSS Family Permits 70.73%
Total Visitor Visas 67.29%
Total Transit and Other Visas 85.99%
UK Visa Success Rate 2021 78.75%
UK Visa Success and Refusal Rate by Country 2021
UK Visa Success and Refusal Rate by Country 2021

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    UK Visa Success and Refusal Rate 2021

    UK Visitor Visa Refusal Rate 2021

    There were 175,005 visitor visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 92.49% (2,154,507) fewer than the previous year (2,329,512) due to Coronavirus pandemic.

    In the year ending March 2021, a total of 243,774 persons applied for a UK visitor visa, 260,079 visit visa applications decided, 175,005 visas granted, and 82,790 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK visitor visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 67.29% and 31.83%, respectively.

    Nationality UK Visitor Visa Approval Ratio by Country 2021
    India 70.38%
    Nigeria 52.69%
    Pakistan 55.43%
    Russia 89.89%
    China 86.02%
    Ukraine 79.72%
    Turkey 67.26%
    Egypt 69.63%
    Saudi Arabia 95.62%
    Albania 55.29%
    Bangladesh 52.03%
    Ghana 43.36%
    Philippines 69.06%
    South Africa 87.07%
    Algeria 39.31%
    Morocco 54.43%
    Belarus 93.64%
    Thailand 79.37%
    Iran 57.02%
    Indonesia 72.07%
    Other nationalities 68.60%
    UK Visitor Visa Success Rate 2021 67.29%

    Family

    There were 37,343 family visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 33.47% (18,788) fewer than the previous year (56,131) due to Coronavirus pandemic.

    In the year ending March 2021, a total of 41,561 persons applied for a UK family settlement visa, 42,982 family visa applications decided, 37,343 visas granted, and 5,455 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK family (spouse) visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 86.88% and 12.69%, respectively.

    Nationality UK Family Visa Approval Ratio by Country 2021
    Pakistan 93.08%
    India 91.81%
    United States 95.38%
    Bangladesh 90.94%
    South Africa 94.51%
    Iran 91.48%
    Nigeria 80.13%
    Nepal 72.15%
    Eritrea 70.99%
    Philippines 90.15%
    Ghana 75.70%
    Syria 73.63%
    Sudan 59.39%
    Afghanistan 85.13%
    Turkey 90.09%
    Iraq 91.59%
    Hong Kong 97.01%
    Thailand 94.22%
    Sri Lanka 88.83%
    China 91.77%
    Other nationalities 85.88%
    UK Family (Spouse) Visa Success Rate 2021 86.88%

    UK Student Visa Success and Refusal Rate 2021

    There were 256,845 student visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 38.21% (158,828) fewer than the previous year (415,673) due to Coronavirus pandemic.

    In the year ending March 2021, a total of 265,641 persons applied for a UK student visa, 268,745 student visa applications decided, 256,845 visas granted, and 10,766 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK student visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 95.57% and 4.01%, respectively.

    Sponsored Study Visa

    There were 250,683 sponsored student visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 15.95% (47,576) fewer than the previous year (298,259) due to Coronavirus pandemic.

    In the year ending March 2021, a total of 257,786 persons applied for a UK sponsored study visa, 259,772 student visa applications decided, 250,683 visas granted, and 8,492 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK sponsored study (student) visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 96.5% and 3.27%, respectively.

    Nationality UK Student Visa Success Rate by Country 2021
    China 99.74%
    India 90.88%
    Nigeria 94.93%
    Pakistan 95.90%
    Hong Kong 99.68%
    United States 99.22%
    Bangladesh 93.54%
    Saudi Arabia 96.50%
    Malaysia 99.67%
    Kuwait 99.80%
    Korea (South) 99.58%
    Canada 99.71%
    Russia 99.53%
    Taiwan 99.53%
    Turkey 98.99%
    Ghana 85.26%
    Egypt 97.99%
    Thailand 99.77%
    Indonesia 99.53%
    Japan 99.59%
    Other nationalities 96.86%
    UK Student Visa Success Rate 2021 96.50%

    Work

    There were 122,512 work visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 36.78% (71,265) fewer than the previous year (193,777) due to Coronavirus pandemic.

    In the year ending March 2021, a total of 148,441 persons applied for a UK work visa, 141,284 work visa applications decided, 122,512 visas granted, and 17,575 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK work visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 86.71% and 12.44%, respectively.

    Nationality UK Work Visa Success Rate by Country 2021
    Turkey 29.14%
    India 97.90%
    Ukraine 99.75%
    Philippines 96.70%
    United States 98.33%
    Nigeria 97.34%
    South Africa 99.10%
    Pakistan 92.31%
    Egypt 97.69%
    Japan 98.95%
    Canada 98.79%
    Australia 93.14%
    China 97.49%
    Zimbabwe 98.57%
    Russia 98.36%
    Korea (South) 98.59%
    Hong Kong 92.49%
    Poland 85.29%
    Sri Lanka 95.88%
    Taiwan 98.04%
    Other nationalities 93.00%
    UK Work Visa Success Rate 2021 86.71%

    Skilled Worker

    There were 76,638 skilled worker visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 33.41% (38,448) fewer than the previous year (115,086) due to Coronavirus pandemic.

    In the year ending March 2021, a total of 72,168 persons applied for a UK skilled worker visa, 77,235 skilled worker visa applications decided, 76,638 visas granted, and 347 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK skilled worker visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 99.23% and 0.45%, respectively.

    Nationality Skilled Worker Visa UK Success Rate by Country 2021
    India 99.49%
    Philippines 99.30%
    Nigeria 99.00%
    United States 99.31%
    Egypt 99.89%
    Pakistan 98.93%
    Zimbabwe 98.98%
    Japan 99.42%
    South Africa 99.23%
    China 99.31%
    Canada 99.82%
    Russia 99.10%
    Australia 98.10%
    Sudan 98.38%
    Turkey 98.81%
    Ghana 98.99%
    Brazil 99.51%
    Korea (South) 99.30%
    Bangladesh 96.71%
    Sri Lanka 99.18%
    Other nationalities 98.54%
    UK Skilled Worker Visa Success Rate 2021 99.23%

    Temporary Worker

    There were 24,579 temporary worker visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 42.89% (18,456) fewer than the previous year (43,035) due to Coronavirus pandemic.

    In the year ending March 2021, a total of 23,443 persons applied for a UK temporary worker visa, 25,805 temporary worker visa applications decided, 24,579 visas granted, and 571 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK temporary worker visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 95.25% and 2.21%, respectively.

    Nationality Temporary Worker Visa Approval Rate by Country 2021
    Ukraine 99.86%
    India 78.68%
    Canada 98.71%
    Japan 98.35%
    Australia 89.69%
    United States 96.07%
    Korea (South) 98.83%
    Taiwan 98.27%
    Russia 98.83%
    Hong Kong 90.52%
    Moldova 100.00%
    China 98.81%
    Argentina 96.51%
    Pakistan 94.09%
    Belarus 100.00%
    New Zealand 80.79%
    Nepal 99.08%
    Sri Lanka 96.03%
    Nigeria 85.98%
    Egypt 99.00%
    Other nationalities 91.19%
    Temporary Worker Visa Success Ratio 2021 95.25%