Latest immigration statistics on work

18 June 2015

The Home Office has published immigration statistics showing how many students 'switched' into work categories in the UK in 2014.

More students were granted leave under Tier 2 than in 2013; 5,639 in 2014 compared with 4,174 in 2013.

Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) switches for professional training and internships have also grown in popularity; 379 in 2014 compared with 209 in 2013.

However, the statistics show a decline in popularity of the doctorate extension scheme (DES), from 433 in 2013 to 337 in 2014. 72 students were granted Tier 4 leave under DES in the first quarter of 2015.

Successful applications under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) increased from 171 in 2013 to 286 in 2014, but grants of leave under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) fell from 688 to 266.

In total, 7,043 students remained in the UK under a work category (not including DES), a slight increase on the total of 6,238 in 2013.