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Latest immigration statistics show 90% drop in migration

The UK government regularly publishes immigration statistics on the movement of people entering and leaving the country. The 2020 statistics show a major drop in net migration, largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How many people came to the UK in 2021 to date?

In the year ending September 2021, approximately 21 million people arrived in the UK, representing a 69% decrease compared to the previous year.

There were over 1.1 million visas granted in the same time period, which was 19% fewer than in 2020, and 64% fewer than in 2019.

The visas included:

The British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) route has received a total of 88,800 applications since opening in January 2021.

What were the most popular UK work visas in 2021?

There were almost 206,000 work visas (including dependents) issued year ending 2021, marking a 55% increase on September 2020 and 9% increase on September 2019.

The most popular work visa was the Skilled Worker Visa, making up 61% of all work visas. This route also had the biggest increase in work visa applications (up 57%).

The most common nationalities granted a Skilled Worker Visa were:

  • India (53,295)
  • Philippines (8,925)
  • Nigeria (8.646)
  • United States (6,483)
  • Pakistan (3,743)

Temporary work visas increased by 57% since 2020 and 6% since 2019. Over half of these visas were issued to seasonal workers.

A temporary visa scheme to recruit poultry and pork workers as well as HGV drivers was launched in October 2021 but data from uptake on this scheme will not be released until February 2022.

The most popular nationalities of the seasonal workers issued visas included:

  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Belarus
  • Moldova

How many UK family visas were issued in 2021?

In the year ending September 2021, there were over 263,000 family visas and permits issued. These grants included the following:

There was a major rise in the number of dependent visas issued, with an increase of 127% since September 2020.

The most popular visas for dependents were sponsored study visa holders, skilled workers, and BN(O) visa holders.

The most popular nationalities issued family visas were:

  • Pakistan
  • India
  • United States
  • Bangladesh
  • Iran

As well as the established family routes, grants of EUSS family permits were up by 238%, likely as a result of the June 30 2021 deadline for application.

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All of our clients come from diverse backgrounds and often have complex cases. We are proud of our commitment to work closely with each client and help them achieve their goals.

We ensure that all our work is understood and approved by you. Some of the support we can offer you includes:

  • Assess your eligibility for your chosen visa or immigration route
  • Advise on the documents needed to support your application
  • Provide support with gathering documents and translations
  • Give you and your family members the updates you need to make decisions
  • Liaise with the Home Office on your behalf while your application is pending
  • Provide you with a letter of representation outlining the merits of your case to support your application

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