2016 UK Immigration Statistics

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The Home Office’s Immigration Statistics for the first Quarter of 2016 have been released, providing the latest figures on immigration acceptances in the UK. We have compiled some of the highlights from the official data below:
Family visas
There were just under 40,000 family visas approved from the period of March 2015 – 2016. This is an increase of 11% compared to the same period from 2014 – 2015. This year saw a 16% decrease in the number of approved visas for dependents (not including visitor visas) accompanying other migrants in the UK (just over 65,000) compared to the same period last year (just under 80,000).

Working visas
There were over 90,000 skilled working visas approved in the year ending March 2016.

The Office for National Statistics estimate that from 2014 – 2015, there were 71,000 non-EU foreign workers, which is 5,000 more compared to the previous 12 months. However, this increase is not significant statistically. Over the same period, long-term working visas approved for main applicants also increased, by 22% in the year ending December 2015.

Student visas
In the year ending March 2016 there were just over 200,000 student visas approved, excluding the unsponsored short-term student category, a reduction of 5% was seen. Over the same period, the number of university-sponsored applications specifically for study visas fell slightly at just over 160,000).

Visitor visas
There were over half a million (530,000) visas granted (excluding visitors and transit) by the year ending March 2016, and a fall of 2% to just over 11,000.

There were over 35,000 (an increase of +2%) more visitor visas arranged (approximately 1.9 million). There were significant increases in visitor visa grants for Chinese nationals, up by 23% (just under 500,000 excluding Hong Kong), and Indian nationals, saw an increase of 14% to almost 400,000. By contrast there were large falls in visitor visa applications from the Russian Federation by 32% (just over 100,000, compared to just less than 150,000 for the previous quarter).

Data Source: UK ONS