Spouse visa refusal rates

Interesting to see the contrast between spouse visa refusals before and after the introduction of the Minimum Income Requirement.

As can be seen from the chart below, there was a very slow rise in the average rate of refusal from 2005 until 2012, and then a significant jump once the minimum income requirement was introduced:

We have placed a (*) next to the results from 2017, as this was skewed somewhat by the passage of MM, a case which reached the Supreme Court and during which the Home Office appears to have paused decision making on difficult cases, or those which it might otherwise have refused.

Full statistics available from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2018/list-of-tables