New Immigration Statistics for 2023
The Home Office has just released immigration statistics for 2014, and it has compared them statistically with the figures for 2013. Most of them are not particularly dramatic: since 2013 there have been modest upward movements in working visas and family visas granted outside the UK but a fall in the number of grants of leave in the UK (significantly due to the abolition of the Tier 1 General scheme).
The 87 per cent increase in grants of Tier 1 Investor visas from outside the UK looks impressive, but it started from a very low base. But there were an amazing 117 million journeys made to the UK in 2014 (by all nationalities including British), which makes one realise the scale of task faced by the immigration authorities at the airports. But the one longer-term trend that many people might find interesting was the figures for grants of indefinite leave (ie permission to stay in the UK without time limit). Grants of indefinite leave fell by 33 per cent compared to 2013, and this is part of a downward trend that has been happening since 2010. Falls occurred in all categories: family, work and asylum, and the fall in family-related cases was particularly strong.
Individuals holding ILR for a certain period, typically five years, may become eligible to apply for British citizenship, further solidifying their ties to the UK. British citizenship grants individuals the right to a British passport, unrestricted access to employment opportunities, and the ability to participate fully in the political and social life of the country.
Immigration statistics quarterly release
The statistics cover a range of topics, including:
- Long-term international migration: This includes data on the number of people who have moved to or from the UK for a period of at least 12 months.
- Asylum: This includes data on the number of asylum applications made in the UK and the outcome of those applications.
- Citizenship: This includes data on the number of people who have been granted British citizenship.
- Visas: This includes data on the number of visas issued by the UK government and the types of visa.
- Deportations: This includes data on the number of people removed or deported from the UK.
To be eligible for a Spouse Visa, the applicant must demonstrate a genuine and subsisting relationship with their UK partner. They must also meet financial requirements to ensure they can adequately support themselves without relying on public funds. Additionally, applicants need to provide evidence of suitable accommodation in the UK.