Entry Clearances: Graduates

Home Office written question – answered on 16th October 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 visas were granted to people who were previously students in the UK in each year since 2009.

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

The available published information relates to Tier 2 grants of an extension of stay in the UK to people who were previously students, 2011 to 2013 and is given in the table below:

Tier 2 grants of an extension of stay by previous category, excluding dependants
Current category
YearBroad previous categoryTotal PBS - Tier 2 Sponsored with a job
2011Study1,730
2012Study2,614
2013Study4,175
Source: Extensions data table expc_01_w Immigration Statistics April-June 2014
Table notes
1. Data for 2013 are provisional figures.
2. Excludes EEA and Swiss nationals.
3. Includes reconsideration cases and the outcome of appeals.

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:

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

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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