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Quite a few people apply for UK visas and immigration every year. However, due to lack of information and understanding, quite a few are unable to make a successful application. Therefore, the focus of the posts in this category is to provide detailed guidance and insight for making a successful application.


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Focus of UK Visas and Immigration Category

Since the details relating to short stay, family and work visa applications are covered in their respective categories, therefore, the UK Visas and Immigration category covers the information relating to:

  • Brexit: the rights of EU Citizens in the UK, the implications of Brexit on EU nationals working in the UK and EU settlement scheme family permit for non-EEA family members
  • Documents under EEA Regulations such as EEA Family Permit, permanent residence card for non-EEA family members etc
  • Naturalisation requirements and British Citizenship automatic claims
  • Refusals: UK Visa Refused: Reapply or Appeal, Administrative Review and Judicial Review to challenge 10-year ban and refusal
  • General Grounds for Refusal due to adverse immigration history and behavior such as false documents, overstaying, litigation debt, criminality, re-entry ban, breaching a condition of stay in the UK deception ban etc.
  • Home Office Immigration and Nationality Charges for leave to remain, extension and ILR applications
  • UK visa processing time for entry clearance, extension and ILR timelines for all types of applications. And reasons for delays in processing time
  • UK Priority Visa Service and Fast-Track Fees
  • Miscellaneous issues such as British Citizens Living Abroad, TOEIC Test Victims, Bringing Adopted Child from Overseas, Human Rights Applications, Form FLR(IR) Guidance, US Visa Refusal Rate and UK Visa Statistics 2008-18

UK Visas and Immigration Statistics

Entry Clearance

During 2008-18, more than 30.25m Applications made for Entry Clearance. Accordingly, 30.28m entry clearance decisions made and 26.10m visas granted. Moreover, 4m entry clearance applications rejected. Therefore, the average UK visa success rate during 2008-18 is 86.20%. And the average UK Visa Refusal Rate is 13.23%. Moreover, 145,737 applications withdrawn, and 25,188 applications lapsed. Contrary to the general perception, the number of UK entry clearance applications and success rate is showing an upward in recent years. Accordingly, the greatest number of 3.29m and 3.06m applications were made in 2018. which is 19.67% than the 2008-18 period average of 2.75m. Moreover, the UK visa success rate 2018 was 88.20%, which is more than 2% higher than the period average of 86.20%.

Leave to Remain

During 2008-18, a total of 3.47m (i.e. 3,478,048) leave to remain and extension applications were decided. Accordingly, during the period 2.99m (i.e. 2,990,092) leave to remain and extensions granted and more than 0.48m (i.e. 487,956) applications refused. Therefore, the overall leave to remain and extension success and refusal rate from inside the UK was 85.97% and 16.32%, respectively. According to UK visa statistics, the extension grants were highest in 2008 (362,859) and the average for the period 2008-18 is 316,186 per year. However, since 2010, only in 2013 the total extension grants came near to this average. Therefore, during 2008-18, leave to remain and extension grants experienced an overall declining trend. Nevertheless, during 2017 and 2018, the number of extensions grants and success rate in showing an upward trend.


During 2008-18, a total of 1.52m ILR applications decided. Accordingly, 1.44m ILR granted, and 75,079 applications refused. Indeed, the number of ILR grants reached a 20 year high in 2010, when the total grants increased to 241K. However, afterwards the number of ILR grants experienced a steady decline. And the level of grants touched the lowest point of 60K in 2016. Nevertheless, during 2017 and 2018 the number of grants has increased to 65K and 91K. Moreover, the overall ILR success and refusal rate was 95.07% and 5.19%, respectively. However, the ILR Approval Rate has oscillated within a narrow band during the period. Accordingly, in 2013 the ILR acceptance rate was highest (96.94%) and lowest (91.89%) in 2016. Afterwards, in 2017 and 2018 the ILR success rate has slightly improved to reach a level of 94.65% and 95.69%, respectively. Certainly, this is good news for prospective ILR applicants.

During 2008-18, 1.44m ILR grants made under the four broad categories:

  1. Work – 561,535 grants (38.8% of total ILR grants)
  2. Family Formation and Reunion – 435,681 (30.1% of total ILR grants)
  3. Asylum – 151,699 (10.5% of total ILR grants)
  4. Other – 298,598 (20.6% of the total ILR grants)

Due to restriction on immigration routes, the work-related grants decreased from 84,347 in 2010 to merely 18,104 in 2017. However, in 2018 the work-related ILR grants slightly increased to 23,913. Similarly, family-related grants decreased from 72,239 in 2009 to the lowest ebb of 5,420 in 2017. However, in 2018 the family-related grants increased to reach a level of 15,751. Moreover, the number of asylum-related ILR grants indicates an upward trend during the 2008-18 period. In 2008 the number of asylum-related ILR grants was only 2,824, which increased to 25,243 in 2018.

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