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With the not so encouraging refusal rates of British citizenship grants from 2000 to 2012, so as the increase of reduction of visas issued in all visa categories. There are four visa categories that will be discussed in this article. Those categories are:

  • Visas issued (before entry)

  • Work

  • Study

  • Family

The website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ showed the statistical data of the reduction of visas issued. The period covered in this statistical report is from April to June 2013. The point of comparison in the period covered are the statistical reports gathered with the year ending in June 2012.

Visas issued (before entry)

Overall, the issuance of visa to non-EEA nationals continues to fall. The decrease has been happening for the past 12 months. Within that time frame mentioned, the total visas issued fell to 4% which means that only 501,840 applicants were approved. However, the number showing does not yet include those who were awarded with visitor’s and transit visa.


There are two categories of workers under “Work”. Tier 1 are described as high value individuals and Tier 2 are described as high skilled workers. There was an increase in the numbers of visas issued to skilled workers which totaled to 141,772. This means that Tier 2 workers have the higher chances of getting approved with a visa. Yet the statistics for Tier 1 workers are not highly encouraging. The number of Tier 1 workers issued with visa was only at 144,554.


Issuance of study visa fell to 5%. This means that only 204,469 visas were issued to students. As part of the decline in the number of visa issuance was because the number of sponsored study visa application was 2% fewer. In United Kingdom, most migrants come from India and Pakistan. Within the timeframe mentioned, there were few Indian and Pakistani students who applied for a visa. Yet numbers of other nationalities like Chinese and Libyans student visa applicants have increased.


The total number of visas granted under the “family” category was only 34,201. This means that comparing the issuance from the previous year, approval was 24% fewer. It can be countered that there was an increase of 89% in family related extensions of stay. Yet this increase was attributed to the 10,256 extensions under the new Family life (10 year) route. Without these extensions, visa approval for family related issuance is not encouraging at all.

Over the years, application for visa has become quite a challenge. To ensure that visa application is going to be approved, an applicant must take time to know and fully understand the requirements. It is important to consider that aside from money, precious time or even countless hours are going to be spent to apply for a visa. It is better to be armed with sufficient knowledge and careful planning before the actual application begins to ensure that time and money will not go to waste.