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Entry Clearances

Home Department written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Chair, Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many graduates of UK universities have been issued Tier 2 visas since 6 April 2012.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 9 September 2013

The published statistics on out of country visas to the United Kingdom issued and in country extensions of stay granted to main applicants in the Tier 2 and the equivalent pre Points Based System categories are provided in the following table:

Out of country visas to the United Kingdom issued and in-country extensions of stay granted: Tier 2 and pre-PBS equivalent
Quarter Out of country visas issued In-country grants of extensions
2012 Q3 11,065 8,439
2012 Q4 8,682 8,733
2013 Q1 10,402 7,968
2013 Q2 11,536 10,377
Notes: 1. Excludes dependants. 2. Data are provisional. 3. Entry clearance visas issued and grants of an extension of stay should not be summed. Individuals could be counted in both entry clearance visas issued and grants of an extension of stay if the issue and grant occurs within the same year. 4. In-country extensions include initial and further extensions. 5. PBS = Points Based System Source: Immigration Statistics, April-June 2013, table be_01_q and table ex_01_q

It is not possible to determine how many of these main applicants graduated from UK universities without examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.

Information published in the short statistical article “Extensions of stay by previous category” show that in 2012, there were 2,614 grants of an extension to main applicants in Tier 2o whose previous category was study.

The latest Home Office immigration statistics on entry clearance visas and extensions of stay are published in the release Immigration Statistics April to June 2013, which is available from the Library of the House and on the Department's website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office/series/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release

A copy of the short statistical article “Extensions of stay by previous category” is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/extensions-of-stay-by-previous-category and will be placed in the Library of the House.

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