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Why so many people moved to the UK in 2018

by John Dunn | Dec 12, 2018
  • It’s official: The UK is the destination of choice for expats from all over the globe. But exactly how many people made the move in 2018? And which visas were they granted? Let’s take a closer look at just how many people visited and made the UK their home in 2018, and who knows, you may just be inspired to make the move yourself.

    How many people came to the UK in 2018?

    A total of 139.2 million passengers arrived in the UK in the year ending June 2018. This was an increase of 4.7 million compared to the previous year, and the highest number so far. The UK’s rich and fascinating culture and history, great healthcare and education systems, and overall high quality of life make it the destination of choice for many expats.

    Reasons people come to the UK

    To visit

    Since 2012, there have been year-on-year increases to the number of visitors to the UK.  In 2017, the number of visitors to the UK increased by 3.1 million (30%) compared to the previous year. Of all the visitor visas, just 93,096 of them


    There were 141,416 visas granted for family reasons in the year ending June 2018, 9% more than the previous year. These included:

    • 43,228 family-related visas (18% increase)
    • 68,726 dependants of people coming to the UK on other visas (7% increase)
    • 29,462 EEA family permits

    Permanent residency and ILR

    By the end of June 2018, 81,359 people were granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK. This was a 40% increase from the previous year.

    Want to make the move?

    If you’re interested in getting a UK visa, ensure that you do loads of research before you take the leap and apply. When the time comes to make your application, the best course of action would be to consult an experienced immigration specialist who can ensure that the visa you are applying for will allow you to achieve your long-term goals.

    If you’re considering making the UK your new home, simply get in touch with our registered immigration experts on or give us a call on +44 (0) 20 7759 5330.

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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