Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Home Department written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 2 General Visas have been issued to international students since the withdrawal of the Tier 1 Post-Study Work Visa.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The available information relates to Tier 2 General grants of an extension of stay in the UK to people who were previously students and is given in the following table:

  Broad previous category PBS—Tier 2 Sponsored with a job General
2012 Study 2,538
2013 Study 4,108
Notes: 1. Data for 2013 are provisional figures. 2. Excludes EEA and Swiss nationals. 3. Includes reconsideration cases and the outcome of appeals. Source: Extensions data table expc_01_w Immigration Statistics April-June 2014

The Home Office publishes annual statistics on grants of an extension by previous category in tables expc_01 to expc_01_o within the ‘Immigration Statistics’ release.

A copy of the latest release, ‘Immigration Statistics April - June 2014’ is available from the Library of the House and from:


Information on the previous immigration status of those issued an entry clearance visa (applications made outside the UK) is not available.

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