Immigration statistics quarterly release
The United Kingdom Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes quarterly immigration statistics that offer detailed insight into migration flows into and out of Britain, such as arrival/departure numbers as well as granted permission for stays. These numbers include figures regarding people coming in/leaving the UK as well as granted stays – an essential source of data on migration flows!
Stats on long-term international migration include data regarding those who have moved between UK cities for at least 12 months; asylum applications made and their outcomes; long-term international migration trends and asylum applications made within UK borders are also covered in detail by statistics provided.
Individuals holding ILR for a certain period, typically five years, may become eligible to apply for British citizenship, further solidifying their ties to the UK. British citizenship entitles individuals to receive a British passport, access unrestricted employment opportunities and fully participate in political and social life of the country.
New Immigration Statistics for 2015
The Home Office has just released immigration statistics for 2014, and it has compared them statistically with the figures for 2013. Most of them are not particularly dramatic: since 2013 there have been modest upward movements in working visas and family visas granted outside the UK but a fall in the number of grants of leave in the UK (significantly due to the abolition of the Tier 1 General scheme).
The 87 per cent increase in grants of Tier 1 Investor visas from outside the UK looks impressive, but it started from a very low base. But there were an amazing 117 million journeys made to the UK in 2014 (by all nationalities including British), which makes one realise the scale of task faced by the immigration authorities at the airports.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), also referred to as settlement or permanent residency, is an immigration status in the UK that offers individuals the privilege of residing and working in the country without any limitations on their duration of stay. ILR bestows various advantages upon individuals, including access to public funds, healthcare services, and educational opportunities. With ILR, individuals can establish their long-term presence in the UK, enjoying the freedom to live and work indefinitely.
A CR1 spouse visa (sometimes referred to as an “IR1”) allows foreign nationals married to U.S. citizens or permanent residents living outside the US the opportunity to move into their spouse’s household in America. At present, wait times average around 17 months; it may take longer if married foreign nationals marry green card holders within the country but many consider CR-1 an acceptable alternative to K-3 status status.
To be eligible for a Spouse Visa, the applicant must demonstrate a genuine and subsisting relationship with their UK partner. They must also meet financial requirements to ensure they can adequately support themselves without relying on public funds. Additionally, applicants need to provide evidence of suitable accommodation in the UK.
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