Immigration Appeal UK | Tribunal Decisions | Success Rate 2010-18

UK Immigration Appeal Tribunal Decisions & Success Rate 2010-18

This relates to UK Immigration Appeal Tribunal Decisions and provides the details of First Tier Tribunal Immigration Decisions and Upper Tribunal Immigration Appeal Decisions from Feb 2010 to Q3 2017/18 relating to Managed Migration, Entry Clearance, Family Visit Visa, Deportation Appeals, Deprivation of Citizenship, Asylum, Protection, Revocation of Protection, EEA Free Movement. According to Official Statistics, from 2010/11 to Q3 2017/18, the First Tier Tribunal Immigration & Asylum Chamber (FTTIAC) determined 580,851 immigration at hearing/papers. During the same period i.e. from 2010/11 to Q3 2017/18, the Upper Tribunal Immigration & Asylum Chamber (UTIAC) determined 51,454 immigration at hearing/papers. During 2010-18, the UK Immigration Appeal Success Rate for FTTIAC and UTIAC was 45.10% and 37.70% as approx. 318,868 and 32,056 immigration appeals were refused by the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Chamber, respectively.

Immigration Judicial Review Success Rate | Tier 1, Visitor Visa

UK Visit Visa Judicial Review | Tier 1 Judicial Review Success

According to Official Statistics, since Nov 2013, 42,705 Immigration Judicial Review Cases have been determined by (UTIAC). Since a great majority of the cases are settled on ‘paper’ in favour of claimants, therefore, only 8,885 and 679 cases went through Oral or Substantive Hearing, respectively, from 2013/14 to Q3 2017/18. In total 52,269 Judicial Review Applications were determined on paper, oral or substantive hearing.

The immigration judicial review success rate during 2017/18 has remained as high as 29% and 38% for oral and substantive hearing, respectively; whereas, the ratio of case totally without merit has remained as low as 10.03%. As per procedure, unsuccessful cases at the Oral Hearing are requested for Substantive Hearing, therefore, the judicial review success rate after the determination on papers is as high as 32.20%.

UK Immigration Appeal Waiting Time 2018 | First Tier Tribunal

First Tier Tribunal Immigration Appeal Time 2018

During January to March 2018, the UK Immigration Appeal Waiting Time 2018 from the receipt of an appeal to the hearing in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and  Asylum Chamber) has been 37 weeks i.e. approx 9-10 months.
The immigration appeal processing time UK has improved in the first quarter of 2018 as the average waiting time has reduced from 45 weeks in 2017 to 37 weeks. This is due to the reduction in the caseload, which has nearly halved from 64,800 to 36,300 during June 2016 and March 2018 and further improvement is expected in the coming months.
According to the official statistics, the average visa appeal waiting time during 2015/16 and 2016/17 has been 34 and 46 weeks, respectively. Therefore, there have been 12 weeks increase in the average appeal waiting time in 2016/17.

Appeal a UK Visa Decision | UK Immigration Appeal Procedure

Appeal against a Visa or Immigration Decision UK

This relates to UK Immigration Tribunal Appeal Process to appeal against a visa or immigration decision UK and covers the details of the following aspects of UK Immigration Appeal Procedure: Immigration Appeal Hearing Process, Appeal’s Directions, Asylum Claim Appeal: Hearing Date, Matters to be Considered in Appeals, Appeal Hearing in the Absence of a Party, Adjournments of Immigration Appeals, Withdrawals of Appeals, Abandoned Appeal Immigration, Appeals Abandoned under EEA Regulations, Appeal Hearings of Dependants, Appeal Determination: First Tier Tribunal Immigration Decisions, Immigration Appeal Decision Time, Immigration Appeal Refusal What Next? Finally Determined Appeals. Once an appeal is filed then the First Tier Tribunal Immigration Appeal Process sets into motion. Depending on the nature of the immigration appeal, empirically, the First Tier Tribunal Immigration Appeal Process Time has been approximately 6-9 months, the average processing time has increased during 2017 from 35 to 51 weeks and the immigration appeal success rate is 50%. The Home Office is normally represented at hearings by either a presenting officer (POs) or sometimes by a case owner (CO) in asylum appeals. However, in some significant cases, counsel is more likely to be instructed. The following legislation allows the tribunal to decide how the appeal hearing will be conducted: Nationality, Immigration & Asylum Act 2002, Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 and Asylum & Immigration Tribunal (Procedure) Rules 2005.

Appeal Against Entry Clearance Refusal

Appeal against a Decision of an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)

This relates to appeal to the first-tier tribunal against a decision of an entry clearance officer for an appealable decision where the Notice of Appeal is served with the Refusal Letter such as Spouse Visa Refusal, EEA, Human Rights and Asylum Claim from outside the UK. For challenging immigration decisions with either no right or limit right of appeal, 10-year ban please refer Judicial Review UK Visa Refusal. The post provides the details of Grounds of Appeal and Supporting Documents required for lodging an appeal against a decision of an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) using either IAFT-2 or IAFT-6 Appeal Form. Like appeals against an In-Country Decision and appeal against non-ECO decision, immigration appeal against entry clearance refusal can be lodged online; however, it is expedient to discuss with specialist immigration appeal solicitor before lodging an appeal so as to maximize the chances of success. An Appeal against Refusal Entry Clearance UK can be filed by using either IAFT-2 or IAFT-6 Appeal Form for exercising a right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) against an entry clearance refusal decision for applications made before and after April 6, 2015, respectively.

File Immigration Appeal Against an In-Country Decision

File Immigration Appeal Against an In-Country Decision

The post provides the details of Grounds of Appeal and Supporting Documents required for lodging an in-country appeal using either IAFT-1 or IAFT-5 Appeal Form and IAFT-5(DIA) for filing detention appeals. Like appeals against refusal entry clearance UK and appeal against non-ECO decision, immigration appeal against an in-country decision can be lodged online; however, it is expedient to discuss with specialist immigration appeal solicitor for maximizing the chances of success. Form IAFT-1 and IAFT-5 are used for exercising a suspensive right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) against an In-Country Decision for applications made before and after April 6, 2015, respectively.

Appeal Against an In-Country Decision from Outside the UK

Appeal against Non-ECO decision from Outside the UK

This relates to Appeal against an In-Country Decision when appealed outside of the UK. The post provides the details of Grounds of Appeal and Supporting Documents required for lodging an appeal against non-ECO decision i.e. Removal Directions, Bail Notices or Deportation Order, from outside of the UK using either IAFT-3 or IAFT-7 Appeal Form. Like appeals against refusal entry clearance UK and in-country appeals, appeal against in-country decision from outside the UK can be lodged online; however, it is expedient to discuss with specialist immigration appeal solicitor for maximizing the chances of success. Form IAFT-3 and IAFT-7 are used for exercising a non-suspensive right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) for filing an appeal against an In-Country Decision from outside the UK for applications made before and after April 6, 2015, respectively.

UK Visa Appeal Solicitors | Immigration Appeal Success Rate

UK Visa Appeal Solicitors

If a UK Visa Application is refused, then one can either challenge the refusal decision or reapply with the requisite supporting evidence. The Immigration Act 2014 has a significant impact on the right of appeal if an application is refused. The applicant may have no right of appeal or the appeal rights may be limited, therefore, it is advised that applicants may consult with a specialist UK immigration solicitor before making a decision. Depending on the type of application, one can challenge the refusal decision through an immigration appeal, administrative review and judicial review. For details relating to rights of appeal please refer: Rights of Appeal Immigration Act 2014 If UK visa application is refused with no right to appeal then one can opt for Judicial Review, especially for UK immigration 10-year ban.

Spouse Visa Refusal Reasons UK

Common Reasons UK Spouse Visa Refusal

This relates to UK Spouse Visa Refusal Reasons in the light of spouse/partner visa requirements stated in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules and related legislation. A “partner” is defined in paragraph GEN.1.2. of Appendix FM as the applicant’s spouse, civil partner, fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner, or a person who has been living together with the applicant in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least two years prior to the date of application. The post covers most common refusal reasons due to an inability of an applicant to fulfil suitability, relationship, English language, accommodation and financial requirements for entry clearance and leave to remain applications as a spouse/partner of a UK sponsor/spouse. There are many common reasons for UK spouse visa refusal such as the inability of an application to prove he/she comes within the definition of spouse/partner, which is the basis of a spouse/partner visa application. Similarly, refusal reasons relate to the immigration status of partner, age, degree of relationship, genuine and subsisting relationship, the validity of a marriage or civil partnership, the previous relationship, intention to live together permanently in the UK, immigration status of the applicant for extension applications, inability of an applicant to meet financial requirement, adequate maintenance and accommodation, and English language requirement. Moreover, a spouse visa application can also be refused due to suitability and general grounds such as applicant is not conducive to the public good, a refusal on basis of a deportation order, criminality, conduct, character and associations, false representation and failure to disclose material facts, current partner is not the same as at the last grant of leave.

Appeal against First Tier Tribunal Decision

First Tier Tribunal Appeal Refused- What to do Next?

This relates to appeal against First Tier Tribunal Decision. It is mandatory that an appellant must apply to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) for permission to appeal before making an application or appeal to the Upper Tribunal. If the permission is granted by First Tier Tribunal then an appeal can be lodged with the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber); however, if permission is not granted by the First Tier Tribunal then an appellant is required to make an application to the Upper Tribunal for permission to lodge an appeal. Form IAFT-4 is used for applying to the first-tier tribunal for permission to appeal to the upper tribunal. An appellant is required to enclose any documents relating to error(s) of law in the Tribunal’s Decision on which he/she is relying and can send it by post, facsimile or email. If the First-tier Tribunal either refuses permission or gives permission to appeal on limited grounds after submitted IAFT-4 then one can apply to the Upper Tribunal for a permission to appeal. Application form for permission to appeal to the upper tribunal is IAUT-1 Form. There is no fee to apply for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber, which is required to be lodged within 14 and One (1) month after receipt of a written decision for appeal against an in-country decision and outside the UK, respectively.

Spouse Visa English Requirement

English Language Requirement for Spouse Visa

This relates to Spouse Visa English Requirement in the light of Appendix FM for Family Members of the Immigration Rules. For the initial 30 months application as a spouse/partner of UK Sponsor an applicant needs to demonstrate a minimum English Language proficiency level of A1 and for subsequent 30 months leave to remain application the required level of English Language is A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The requirement attracts a number of exemptions relating to age, disability, exceptional circumstances. Moreover, a National of Majority English Speaking Country and an applicant who has a degree taught in English are also exempt from spouse visa English Test requirement.

Spouse Visa Accommodation Requirements | Checklist Spouse Visa UK

Spouse Visa Accommodation Evidence

This relates to Spouse Visa Accommodation Requirements as an applicant is required to provide documents relating to accommodation in the UK with the spouse visa application. Please note: applicants are not required to make any payments for accommodation until they receive a decision on their spouse visa application. In terms of Paragraph E-ECP.3.4 of the Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, an applicant is required to furnish proof of adequate accommodation in the UK, which is either owned or occupied exclusively by the applicant or the sponsor with the entry clearance application for the spouse visa from outside the UK. The accommodation should neither be overcrowded nor contravene public health regulations. Accordingly, the three requirements that an accommodation needs to fulfil are: Exclusive ownership or occupation, Adequate and not overcrowded; and Compliance with public health regulations.

Judicial Review Procedure Immigration Cases

How Long Does a Judicial Review Take?

This relates to Judicial Review Procedure Immigration Cases and provides the details of the steps involved in filing a judicial review for UK Visa and Immigration Refusals and 10 Year Ban decisions such as visit visa refusal, family visit visa refusal, Tier 1 Entrepreneur Refusals and bans. A judicial review application is made to either the High Court or the Upper Tribunal. It is a remedy of the last resort because it can only be used where there is no adequate alternative available. In terms of Part 54 of Judicial Review and Statutory Review, Civil Procedure Rules, it is essential that a claim must be filed/lodged as soon as possible and in any event, within 3 months of the decision that is being challenged. Since a judicial review consists of a series of steps viz. Pre-action Protocol (PEP), lodging judicial review, Acknowledgement of Service, A Decision “on the papers”, Oral Hearing, Reconsideration Hearing, Negotiations and Settlement, Main Hearing and Appeal, therefore, it usually takes 6-8 months before a final decision is reached.

Business Visitor Visa UK Requirements | UK C Visit Business Visa

UK Business Visitor Visa Rules

Since the UK is one of the leading economic centres, therefore, business people around the globe visit the UK for attending conferences or meetings, arranging deals, negotiating or signing trade contracts or agreements, checking details or goods, undertaking fact-finding missions, or conducting on-site visits and promotional activities. Moreover, apart from the aforesaid general business activities, there are a host of Corporate and Sector Specific permitted business activities allowed under the Immigration Rules. Apart from specifying a clear purpose of visiting the UK, a business visa applicant needs to prove that he/she has ample funds to support himself/herself during the trip, intends to leave the United Kingdom at the end of the visit and can meet the costs of his/her return or onward journey.

UK Visit Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2018

UK Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2018

The Home Office on March 16, 2018, announced the Immigration and Nationality Charges 2018/19, effective from April 6, 2018. This post relates to UK Visa Fees from India and provides the details of UK Visit Visa Fees in Indian Rupee 2018 for Standard Visitor, Short-Term Study, Business, Marriage, Diplomatic/Official, and Course F, Transit Visa Applications submitted at UKVACs in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Mumbai (South & North), Jalandhar,…

UK Visa for Egyptian Nationals | UK Entry Clearance Grants 2017

Grants of UK Visas to Egyptian Nationals

According to Official Statistics, during 2017, 43,169 entry clearance applications were made by Egyptian Nationals. 33,424 UK visas (inclusive of 27,702 Visa for Egyptian to Visit UK) were granted and 9,745 applications were refused. Therefore, the UK Visa Refusal Rate from Egypt during 2017 was 22.57%. Here it is relevant to note that during 2005-17, cumulatively 506,600 entry clearance applications were made by Egyptian Nationals. 430,604 UK visas were granted, and 75,996 applications were refused. The overall UK Visa Refusal Rate from Egypt during 2005-17 was 15.00%. This indicates that UK Visa Refusal Rate during 2017 (i.e. 22.57%) is substantially higher than that the 14-year average of 15%.

UK Visit Visa Fee from Pakistan 2018 | Price in Pakistani Rupees

UK Visit Visa Fee from Pakistan 2018

In terms with the announcement of the Home Office dated March 16, 2018, for the annual revision of the Immigration & Nationality Charges, effective from April 6, 2018, this post relates to UK Visa Fee from Pakistan and provides the details of UK Visit Visa Fee 2018 in Pakistani Rupees for the applications from UKVACs in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and Mirpur for Standard Visitors, Short-Term Study, Business, Marriage, Diplomatic/Official, and Course…

Form FLR(IR) – Applications for Extension of Stay in the UK

Form FLR(IR) and Guidance Notes

This relates to Form FLR(IR) for an extension of stay in the UK and FLR(IR) Guidance Notes. Please note: Form FLR(IR) covers different routes for the extension of stay in the UK, some of which, prior to Dec 1, 2016, were covered by Form FLR(O). It is important to note that the applicants need to apply for the extension before the end of their permitted stay in the UK. Please note: Form FLR(IR) is to be used for any Leave to Remain application under the Immigration Rules that is not covered by another form.

Genuineness Test Tier 2 Visa UK | Add’l Documents & Interview

Genuineness Test Tier 2 Visa UK

Since many applicants are confused about the Tier 2 Visa Application Assessment Procedure, especially whether an interview is required during the assessment process. Therefore, this post relates to Genuineness Test Tier 2 Visa UK and explains the details of why additional documents and interview may be required for assessing a Tier 2 Visa Application, how a Tier 2 Genuineness Test is conducted and what is required to be established for the grant of a Tier 2 Visa. Calling for an interview is an executive prerogative of the Immigration Officer, usually an ECO, for any type of visa application if the Entry Clearance Officer is not able to decide an application on the documentary evidence submitted with the application. And one needs to attend the interview, failing to do without a cogent reason attracts a Refusal under Paragraph 320(7D) of the Immigration Rules and Paragraph V 3.12(b)(i) of Appendix V for a visitor visa application.

British Citizenship Fees | Indefinite Leave to Remain Fee 2018

HOME OFFICE FEES 2018-19

This relates to the announcement of the Home Office dated March 16, 2018, for the annual revision of the Immigration & Nationality Charges, which will be effective from April 6, 2018. This post provides the details of the Home Office Fees 2018/19 and Premium Service Charges for the Visa, Immigration, Nationality Applications made by Applicants from Inside the UK. If you are applying from Outside the UK then can find the details at UK Visa Fees 2018 for the relevant fee for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications and Charges for Premium and Priority Services. Indefinite Leave to Remain Fee £2,389 British Naturalisation Fees to include citizenship ceremony fee £1,330 Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens £1,000 British Citizenship Fees Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult £1,206 and Nationality registration as a British citizen – child £1,012 The arrangement of a citizenship ceremony (including the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge at the ceremony) £80 The administration of a citizenship oath, or oath and pledge where the oath, or oath and pledge, are not administered at a citizenship ceremony or by a justice of the peace £5. Expedited processing of an application (premium service centre) £510.

UK Visa Fees 2018 from OUTSIDE the UK | Home Office Fees 2018/19

UK VISA FEES 2018 FROM OUTSIDE THE UK - PRIORITY SERVICE CHARGES

On March 16, 2018, Home Office has revised the Immigration & Nationality Charges, which will be effective from April 6, 2018. This post provides the details of the UK Visa Fees 2018/19 and Premium Service Charges from Outside the UK. If you are applying from Inside the UK then go to Home Office Fees 2018/19 for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made in the UK…

UK Visit Visa 2018 | How hard is it to get a Standard Visa?

UK Visit Visa 2018 | How Hard is it to Get a UK Visitor Visa?

If an applicant is not able to establish his/her bona-fide in the application then instead of a visa, the passport is returned with a Refusal Letter stating the reasons for refusing the visitor visa application. In more than 80–90% of the visitor visa applications the common reasons relate to establishing income i.e. origination of funds in the bank statement from employment or business, especially large deposits in the bank statements, which do not commensurate with the stated income of an applicant. Moreover, quite a few applications are refused/banned on General Grounds due to past adverse immigration history- over-stayers, deportation, removals- or submitting false documents or making false statements in the application/during the interview. Please note: in case of a BAN, any future applications are automatically refused up-to 10 years. Therefore, if an applicant deems that the BAN is not justified then he/she needs to the challenge the refusal through a Judicial Review, as there is No Right of Appeal even for the Family Visitors since June 25, 2013.

UK Priority Visa, Premium Service- How to Fast Track UK Visa?

HOW TO FAST TRACK UK VISA? UK PRIORITY VISA AND PREMIUM SERVICE

From inside the UK, there are three services for expediting/fast-tracking the UK Visa Processing viz. Priority Service, Premium Service Centres and Super Premium Service.
The price of Priority service from inside the UK is £459 and the service standard is to process a straightforward application within 10 working days. It is available for applicants applying to remain on a temporary basis including as, Tier 1 General and Entrepreneurs, Spouses, Workers, Organisations seeking to Sponsor a Worker, and Students.
Premium or same day visa processing facility is available at Premium Service Centres for a fee of £590. This service can be used for extension applications (‘limited leave to remain’) and permanent settlement applications (ILR).
For applicants, who can afford, there is a Super Premium Service, which is a mobile service and costs £10,500 per visit, plus the premium service fee.

Tier 2 Priority Service Timeline | UK Priority Visa Fee

TIER 2 PRIORITY SERVICE TIMELINE

This relates to Tier 2 Priority Processing Times 2018 for in-country applications submitted for Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Minister of religion), Tier 2 (Sportsperson), and Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) Visas and covers the following details: Request for Inclusion in Tier 2 Priority Service; Tier 2 Visa Application Fee and UK Priority Visa Fee; Priority Service Vs. Standard…

Tier 2 Visa Statistics April-June 2017

Tier 2 Entry Clearance, Extension and Settlement Grants

This relates to Tier 2 Visa Statistics for entry clearance, extension and settlement grants during the second quarter (April-June) 2017. In total, 39,834 UK visa granted i.e. 23,589 entry clearance visas, 13,423 extensions and 2,822 settlements to Tier 2 General, ICT, Minister of Religion, Sportsperson, Work Permit Holders and Dependants applicants. Tier 2 Entry Clearance…

UK Settlement Visa Processing Time | UK Spouse Visa Timelines

UK Settlement Visa Processing Time- Priority Service, Refusal

The details for UK Settlement Visa Processing Time from a random sample of fifteen (15) UKVACs during the month of January 2018 indicates that 10% of the applications submitted in nearly all the UKVACs are concluded within 30 days; however, in quite a few instances 25-50% settlement applications are decided within 30 days. Therefore, the applicant has purchased priority service then there is a good likelihood that the application will be processed within 6 weeks (30 working days). Otherwise, most of the applications are processed within 60-90 days; however, a fraction of the applications are not concluded even within 120 days (24 weeks).

UK Tourist Visa Processing Time 2018 | UK Visa Processing Times

UK TOURIST VISITOR VISA PROCESSING TIME 2018

This relates to UK visa processing time and provides information about UK Tourist Visit Visa Processing Time 2018 for UK Standard Visa Application for less than six months for the purpose of tourism and sightseeing in the UK. The visa processing times, for long-term visa applications such as 2, 5 and 10 years for frequently visiting the UK as…

UK Visit Visa Processing Time 2018- Family, Tourist, Business

UK STANDARD VISITOR VISA PROCESSING TIME 2018

This relates to UK Visit Visa Processing Time 2018 and evaluates the stated UKVI Service Standards for non-settlement visitor visa applications viz. Long-Term Visit Visa (more than 6 months), General or Tourist Visit Visa (6 months or less), Business Visit Visa (6 months or less), Family Visit Visa (6 months or less) and Other Visit Visa Applications (6 months or…

Naturalisation Residency Requirements- British Citizenship u/s 6

Residence Requirement for British Citizenship Sec 6 Application

In order to qualify for naturalisation as a British Citizen, an individual is required to demonstrate close links with and a commitment to the United Kingdom. As part of this, the expectation is that an applicant should meet the residency requirements. Whilst there is some discretion to waive some of these requirements, this cannot be done to the extent that the requirements are ignored.

UK Family Visitor Visa Processing Time 2018

UK Family Visitor Visa Processing Time

The details for UK Family Visitor Visa Processing Time from a random sample of twenty (20) UKVACs during the month of January 2018 indicates that usually most of the applications are processed within 15-30 working days i.e. 3 to 6 weeks. However, in some cases, the decision exceeds 30 days, but it is concluded within 60-90 days. Therefore, if one is making a family visitor visa application from outside the UK then he/she is not wrong in expecting a decision within 6 weeks or 30 working days or maybe earlier with 5-15 working days, especially if the applicant has purchased the priority service. SEE ALSO UK Visa Delay Reasons.

UK Work Visa Statistics April-June 2017

UK Entry Clearance Visa Right to Work

This relates to UK Immigration and Work Visa Statistics for entry clearance, extension and settlement grants during the second quarter (April-June) 2017. All in all, 68,792 UK visa granted i.e. 46,582 entry clearance visas, 17,890 extensions and 4,320 settlements to Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 5, Non-PBS and other work visa applicants. UK Entry Clearance…

Requirements to Naturalise as a British Citizen u/s 6 of 1981 Act

Naturalization Requirements for British Citizen

This relates to Naturalisation as a British Citizen by Discretion and explains the Requirements to Naturalise as a British Citizen, which an applicant must meet in order to naturalise as a British Citizen under Section 6(1) and 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. Therefore, grant of British Citizenship under Section 6 is NOT a fundamental Human Right of an applicant but the discretion of HM’s Government. The requirements that an applicant must meet somewhat vary based on whether an applicant is married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen or not.

Spouse Visa UK Success Rate | UK Settlement Statistics 2006-16

UK Settlement Visa Refused- Spouse, Dependant, Work, Asylum

This relates to UK Settlement Statistics 2006-16 for decisions on in-country applications. According to Official Statistics, during 2007-16, a total of 1,497,456 Decisions were instituted on in-country applications. As many as 1,416,657 applicants were granted Settlement in the UK (inclusive of 406,952 Spouse Visas) and 80,799 applications for UK Settlement Refused. Accordingly, the Refusal Rate during 2007-16 was 5.40%. The in-country refusal rate was the highest in 2007 (9.75%) and lowest in 2012 (3.06%). Accordingly, most applications were refused during 2007 (13,481) and least during 2012 (4,101). The highest number of Decisions (252,326) and Grants (241,192) were made in 2010. The lowest number of Decisions (66,024) and Grants (60,670) were given in 2016. All in all, during 2007-16, a total of 1,416,657 Grants were given in the following four (4) broad categories i.e. Work, Asylum, Family Formation and Reunion (Spouse and Dependants), and Other.

British Citizenship Application under Section 6 of 1981 Act

Checking if Certificate of Naturalisation is Necessary?

This relates to the considerations/checks by the Home Office with regards to the British Citizenship Applications that are submitted under Section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981. During the consideration process, the Home Office checks whether or not an applicant is already a British Citizen. Moreover, the Home Office evaluates the applications for automatic claims and entitlements, whereby grant of Certificate of Naturalisation is not necessary.

Spouse Settlement Visa UK Grants During 2006-16

UK Spouse Settlement Visa Grants 2006-2016

This relates to Grants of Settlement to Spouses on the Basis of Marriage during 2006-2016. According to Official Statistics, during 2006-16, 406,952 Spouse Settlement Visas were granted to Husbands (142,856 Grants i.e. 35.10% of the Total Grants) and Wives (264,096 Grants i.e. 64.90% of the Total Grants) under TEN (10) categories as detailed below. Here it is important to note that 345,075 Settlement Visas were granted to Husbands (123,561 Grants) and Wives (221,514 Grants) whose Spouse is a British Citizen, which constitutes 84.80% of the Total Spouse Settlement Grants during 2006-16. During the period 2006-2016, the highest number of spouse visas were granted in 2009 (55,600) and the lowest number of spouse visas were granted in 2016 (5,271). On a year to year basis in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 42,717, 36,983, 41,329, 55,600, 53,147, 41,684, 37,399, 50,498, 28,230, 14,094 and 5,271 spouse settlement visas were granted, respectively.

British Citizenship Grants by Previous Country of Nationality

Indians, Pakistanis, Nigerians Get Most British Citizenship

This relates to British Citizenship Grants during 1990-2016 in the light of the Official Statistics. Indian, Pakistani and Nigerian nationals topped the list for the grant of British Citizenship. During the period Indians, Pakistani and Nigerian nationals were granted 373,318,  288,128 and 139,145 British Citizenships, which constitutes 12.32%, 9.51% and 4.59% of the Total British Citizenship Grants 3,031,133 during 1990-2016, respectively. Therefore, nationals from these three (3) countries were conferred with more than one fourth (26.42%) of the British Citizenship Grants during 1990-2016.

British Citizenship Refusal Rate

British Citizenship Application Refused

This relates to British Citizenship Refusal Rate during 2004 to 2016, which indicates that the Refusal Rate was highest in 2005 (9.33%) and lowest in 2013 (3.38%). On an average, during the period (2004-16), the Refusal Rate was 6.18%. During 2016 a total of 162,729 Decisions were made on the British Citizenship Applications submitted for the consideration of Her Majesty’s Home Office. 149,421 Decisions Taken to Grant British Citizenship, as many as 13,308 applications were Refused. Accordingly, during 2016 the British Citizenship Refusal Rate was 8.18%.

British Citizenship, Naturalisation, Registration Types & Grants

Types of British Naturalization and Registration Grants

According to Official Statistics, during 2004 to 2016, 2,130,570 British Citizenship Grants were made under Naturalisation Based on Residence (1,081,124 Citizenship Grants or 50.74% of Total Citizenship Grants), Naturalisation Based on Marriage (460,053 Grants or 21.59% of Total Grants), Entitlement to Registration as an Adult, (2,025 Grants or 0.10% of Total Grants), Entitlement to Registration as a Child (237,407 Grants or 11.14% of Total Grants) Entitlement to Registration on Other Grounds (70,175 Grants or 3.29% of Total Grants), Entitlement to Registration under Section 5 (2,030 Grants or 0.10% of Total Grants), Discretionary Registration as an Adult, (55 Grants or 0.0026% of Total Grants) Discretionary Registration as a Child (272,859 Grants or 12.81% of Total Grants) and Discretionary Registration on Other Grounds (4,842 Grants or 0.23% of Total Grants).

British Citizenship Reasons for Rejection

British Citizenship Applications Reasons for Rejection

This relates to the details of the reasons for the refusal of applications for British Citizenship during 2002-16 in the light of the empirical evidence. British Citizenship Application Refusal Reasons 2002-2016 During 2002 to 2016, cumulatively, 145,974 applications for British Citizenship were refused. On a year to year basis, 6,927, 8,976, 12,118, 14,531, 13,610, 14,723, 8,734,…

UK Visa Applications from Central and South American Countries

UK Visa Applications, Refusal Rate Central and South America

This relates to UK Visa Applications from Central and South American Countries for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten (Dutch Part), St. Martin (French Part), St. Pierre and Miquelon, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela during April-June 2017 quarter. According to the Official Statistics in April-June 2017 quarter, 26,749 Applications were made for Entry Clearance from Central and South American Countries. 25,411 applications were Resolved during the Quarter, and 23,212 Visas were Granted and as many as 2,084 applications were Refused. Therefore, the overall UK Visa Refusal Rate during the Second Quarter (Q2) of 2017 was 8.20%. Moreover, 115 applications were withdrawn, and NO application lapsed during the quarter from Central and South American Countries.

UK Visa Applications from USA and Canada

UK Visa Applications and Refusal Rate from USA and Canada

This relates to UK Visa Applications from North American Countries for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Canada, Puerto Rico, United States, Virgin Islands (US), during April-June 2017 quarter. Please note: during the quarter NO application was submitted from Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands (US). UK Visa Refusal Rate from USA and Canada…

Full Capacity Requirement for British Citizenship

Assessment of Full Capacity Requirement for British Citizenship

This relates to the assessment of full capacity requirement for British Citizenship Applications for Naturalisation submitted under Section 6 of the British Citizenship Act 1981. Full Capacity Requirement for British Naturalisation Full capacity is defined in section 50(11) of the British Nationality Act 1981 as being ‘not of unsound mind’. It is not further defined in…

UK Visa Applications from Europe

UK Visa Applications from Europe

This relates to UK Visa Applications from European Countries (other than EU) for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Cyprus, Former Yugoslavia, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine during the April-June 2017 quarter.
During the quarter NO application was submitted from Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and Vatican City. According to the Official Statistics in April-June 2017 quarter, 31,242 Applications were made for Entry Clearance from Other European Countries. 127,532 applications were Resolved during the Quarter, and 119,317 Visas were Granted and as many as 7,876 applications were Refused. Therefore, the overall UK Visa Refusal Rate during the Second Quarter (Q2) of 2017 was 6.18%. Moreover, 339 applications were withdrawn and NO application lapsed during the quarter from Other European Countries.

UK Visa Applications from North African Countries

UK Visa Applications and Refusal Rate from North Africa

This relates to UK Visa Applications from North African Countries for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara during April-June 2017 quarter. According to the Official Statistics in April-June 2017 quarter, 29,711 Applications were made for Entry Clearance from North African Countries. 29,032 applications were Resolved during the Quarter, and 20,681 Visas were Granted and as many as 8,202 applications were Refused. Therefore, the overall UK Visa Refusal Rate during the Second Quarter (Q2) of 2017 was 28.25%. Moreover, 148 applications were withdrawn and ONE application lapsed during the quarter from North African Countries.

TOEIC Test Court Decision | In Country Right of Appeal

An In-Country Right of Appeal for Accusers of TOEIC Cheating

It is estimated that approx. 45,000-50,000 migrants were either deported or refused an entry clearance to the UK because of the TOEIC Scam. The main TOEIC Victims, however, are international students, who opted for TOEIC instead of other approved English Language Test so as to fulfil student visa application requirements, especially for Tier 4 Student Visa. And as a consequence of the decision of the Upper Tribunal, which has ruled that the deportation on the basis of TOEIC Scam unlawful, there is an opportunity for the TOEIC Victims to challenge their deportation/refusal decision so as to not only re-enter the UK but may also get compensation for their losses.

UK Visa Applications from Australia and New Zealand

UK Visa Applications and Refusal Rate Australia and New Zealand

This relates to UK Visa Applications from Oceania Countries for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from American Samoa, Australia, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New…

UK Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2017 South East Asia

UK Visa Refusal Rate from South East Asian Countries

This relates to UK Visa Refusal Rate from South East Asian Countries for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor,  Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam during the  April-June 2017 quarter. UK Visa Statistics 2017 South East Asian Countries According to the Official Statistics in April-June 2017 quarter,  76,834 Applications were made for Entry Clearance from South  East Asian Countries. 75,514 applications…

UK Residence Card | EEA Family Permit Success Rate

UK Residence Documents to EEA Nationals and Family Members 2017

This relates to residence documentation such as Registration Certificates, Residence Cards, Documents Certifying Permanent Residence and Permanent Residence Cards issued during April-June 2017  to EEA Nationals and their EEA & Non-EEA Family Members. UK Residence Card for Non-EEA Family Member According to the Official Statistics, during April-June 2017, 106,115 applications were made by the EEA nationals and their EEA & Non-EEA Family Members for the…

UK Visa Applications from East Asia

UK Visa Applications from East Asia 2017

This relates to UK Visa Applications from East Asian Countries for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from China, Hong Kong, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Macau, Mongolia, and Taiwan during the April-June 2017 quarter. According to the Official Statistics in April-June 2017 quarter, 279,348 Applications were made for Entry Clearance from East Asian Countries. 256,325 applications were Resolved during the Quarter, and 251,546 Visas were Granted and as many as 4,494 applications were Refused. Therefore, the overall UK Visa Refusal Rate during the Second Quarter (Q2) of 2017 was 1.75%. Moreover, 284 applications were withdrawn, and ONE application lapsed during the quarter from East Asian Countries.

UK Visa Applications from Refugees and Stateless

UK Visa Applications, Refusal Rate Refugees and Stateless

This relates to UK Visa Applications from people and places categorized as OTHER in the Official Statistics for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Anguilla (British), Bermuda (British), British Overseas Citizens, Cayman Islands (British), Falkland Islands (British), Gibraltar (British), Montserrat (British), Other and Unknown, Pitcairn Islands (British), Refugee, South Georgia and South Sandwich…

UK Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2017 | Standard Visitor Visa Fee

UK VISA FEES IN INDIAN RUPEES 2017

At the time of writing of this post, details of the different types of UK Visit Visa Application Fee for the applications made through the UK Visa Applications Centres in India (New Delhi, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Mumbai (South & North), Ahmedabad, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Chennai, Jaipur, Goa  and  Gurgaon) for Standard Visitors, Short-Term Study, Business Visitors, Special Visitors, Diplomatic/Official Visitor, Course F Visitors, Visitors in…

UK Visas Entry Clearance Statistics

Refusal of Entry Clearance UK Visa

This relates to UK Visas Entry Clearance Statistics 2017 and provides the details of UK work, immigration, family, study and visitor visa applications submitted during the Second Quarter (April-June) 2017 from outside the UK. Refusal of Entry Clearance UK Visa According to Official Statistics during the Second Quarter (April-June) 2017, 1,036,552 Applications were made for…

UK Visa Appeal Processing Time

Immigration Appeal Success Rate

Since some inquiries are interested in knowing the UK Visa Application Processing Time from outside and inside the UK. Moreover, if their visa application is refused then applicants are interested in knowing the time period for appeals, administrative review and judicial review. Therefore, this post highlights the details of Non-Settlement Visa Processing Time from Outside…

UK Visa Applications from Sub-Saharan African Countries

UK Visa Applications from Sub-Saharan African Countries

This relates to UK Visa Applications from Sub-Saharan African Countries for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius,…

UK Visa Delay Reasons- Why UK Visa Getting Delayed 2018?

WHY IS UK VISA GETTING DELAYED?

This post explains the possible reasons for the delay in visa, immigration, spouse settlement processing time. Why UK visa getting delayed 2017? UK visa delay reasons are mostly due to an Applicant’s Adverse Immigration (Travel) History and also due to the fact that some of the applications require Further Assessments so as to verify the credentials…

UK Visa Refusal Rate 2017 from South Asia

UK VISA REFUSAL RATE FROM SOUTH ASIA

This relates to UK Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2017 for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from South Asian Countries viz. Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the April-June 2017 quarter. According to the Official Statistics in April-June 2017 quarter, 280,943 Applications were made for Entry Clearance from South Asian Countries. 270,228 applications were Resolved during the Quarter, and 233,529 Visas were Granted and as many as 36,082 applications were Refused. Therefore, the overall UK Visa Refusal Rate during the Second Quarter (Q2) of 2017 was 13.35%. Moreover, 614 applications were withdrawn and 3 applications lapsed during the quarter from South Asian Countries.

UK Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2017 | Middle East

UK Visa Refusal Rate by Country from Middle East

This relates to UK Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2017 for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Middle Eastern Countries viz. Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and Yemen during the April-June 2017 quarter. UK Visa Refusal Rate from Middle Eastern Countries According to the Official Statistics in April-June…

UK Visa Refusal Rate 2017 by Geographical Regions

This relates to UK Visa Refusal Rate 2017 for the UK Visa and Immigration Applications made from Geographical Regions across the globe viz. Africa North, Africa Sub-Saharan, America North, America Central and South, Asia Central, Asia East, Asia South, Asia South East, EU 14, EU 2, EU 8, EU Other, Europe Other, Middle East, Oceania and Other during the April-June 2017 quarter. UK Visa Refusal Rate 2017 by Geographical Regions According to the Official…

Tier 1 Visa Refusal Rate, Extensions and Settlement Grants

Tier 1 Visa Extension Refusal Rate

This relates to Tier 1 Visa Statistics for entry clearance, extension and settlement grants from 2008 to 2017. Tier 1 Visa Statistics Entry Clearance Grants- 1,184 According to the Official Statistics, during 2008-17 a total of 505,687 Tier 1 & pre-PBS equivalent Main Applicants were granted Entry Clearance (78,137), Extensions (355,615 including Leave to Remain) and Settlements (71,935). During the ten year period, most…

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Success Rate 2018 | Rejection Reasons

UK Entrepreneur Visa Success Rate 2008-18

This relates to Tier 1 Entrepreneur Statistics and provides the details of entry clearance, leave to remain, extension and ILR (Settlement) applications from 2008 to June 2018. Accordingly, the post provides the details of the UK Entrepreneur Visa Success Rate, Refusal Rates and Refusal Reasons in the light of immigration statistics and policy development during…

Tier 1 Entrepreneur English Requirement | Appendix B

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Appendix B

For leave to enter or remain applications, all the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Applicants are required to have a Level of B 1 or above of English Language competence for scoring 10 points. The Transitional Arrangements mentioned in Table 2 Appendix B does not apply to Tier 1 Entrepreneur Applicants. Therefore, there are four possible ways viz. National of a Majority English Country, Degree Taught in English, Passing an English Language Test (Appendix O) and meeting English Language Requirement in a previous grant of leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant. Here it is important to mention a majority of applicants opts for English Language Test by predominantly undertaking IELTS for UKVI (General Training- GT). An applicant needs to score B-1 or above in all the four modules of IELTS i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Maintenance Funds | Appendix C

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Appendix C

Paragraph 1 of Appendix C specifies the level of the maintenance funds required for entry clearance and leave to remain applications for scoring 10 points for maintenance by the Main Applicant Tier 1 Entrepreneur. For an entry clearance application, Tier 1 Entrepreneur Main Applicant requires funds to the tune of £3,310/- for securing 10 Points; whereas, for a leave to remain applications the required level of funds is £945/-. Paragraph 3 of Appendix C explains that same funds cannot be used for securing 75 Points under Appendix A (for entrepreneurial funds) and 10 Points for Maintenance. Therefore, it is advisable to have two separate accounts i.e. one for Maintenance Funds and the other for Entrepreneurial Funds rather than clubbing the funds in one account. Paragraph 1A explains the requirements for claiming 10 points for maintenance funds. As per sub-paragraph 1A(b), the funds need to be in the account for consecutive 90 days.

Attributes for Tier 1 Entrepreneur Immigration Rules Appendix A

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Guidance Appendix A

Paragraphs 35-53 of Appendix A of the Immigration Rules, explains the details of the Attributes required for scoring 75 Points for the Investment Funds and Business Activity in the UK as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur High-Value Migrant for Entry Clearance, Leave to Remain and Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications. As explained in our post viz. Tier 1 Entrepreneur Points Scoring, Tier 1 Entrepreneur Applicants are required to score 95 points; however, scoring 75 points for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Attributes are most critical for the success of an application. Therefore, all the serious applicants are advised to go through the details of Tier 1 Entrepreneur mentioned in the subsequent paragraphs of this post

EU Citizens Living in the UK | Position Paper

Post Brexit Government Proposal for EU Citizens Living in the UK

The British PM Theresa May revealed details of her proposals on June 26, 2017, for the rights of EU nationals hoping and intending to remain in the UK after the UK’s departure from the EU. The Policy Paper published on June 26, 2017, showed the UK’s offer regarding estimated 3.2 million EU nationals in the UK, who have faced enormous uncertainty since Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016. The other half of the Brexit Deal would have to come from the EU negotiators on how the EU will be treating an estimated 900,000 or so British nationals who are intending to have a long-term residence in any of the EU states. The British government has always opined that its first priority is to reassure EU citizens of their future while simultaneously reaching a reciprocal deal for British nationals living in the member EU states.

Definition of British Citizenship, Permanent Residence and ILR

BREXIT Glossary Citizenship, CTA, EU Citizen, Free Movement, ILR

One may automatically qualify as a British citizen, depending on where he/she was born, when he/she was born and circumstances of the individual parents. Under EU law, permanent residence is the right to live permanently in the UK. This right can be gained by European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals and their family members. Permanent residence is automatically gained when an EEA or Swiss national has lived legally in the UK for, in most cases, five years as a ‘qualifying person’ under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016. This means they have been exercising their Treaty rights, for example, through working or studying. This status is equivalent to having indefinite leave to remain under the Immigration Act 1971 (see above).

Leave to Enter the UK as a Child of a Relative of a Refugee

Leave to Enter, Remain, ILR as a Child of a Relative of a Refugee

Requirements for Leave to Enter or Remain as a Child of a Relative of a Refugee or Beneficiary of Humanitarian Protection and an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as – Paragraphs 319X to 319Y of the Immigration Rules Part 8: Family Members Home Office, UK Government. Published on 29 February 2016 Updated on 02 May 2017. Child of a Relative of Refugee or Beneficiary…

ILR in the UK as a Parent, Grandparent, or Relative of a Refugee

Requirements for ILR as a Parent and Grandparent of a Refugee

Requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK as the Parent, Grandparent or Dependent Relative of a Refugee or Beneficiary of Humanitarian Protection, who is either present and settled in the UK or is a former refugee or beneficiary humanitarian protection and is now a British Citizen- Paragraphs 319W to 319WB of the Immigration Rules Part 8: Family…