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Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give details of typical waiting times for the various categories of application for entry clearance at each port in the Indian sub-continent.

As at 31 March 1987, waiting times for interview in respect of applications for entry clearance for settlement are as set out in the table (in months):

Priority Queue

Spouses and children under 18

Fiancé(e)s and others


Karachi3611(no cases)
New Delhi34812
CalcuttaNo queues in operation
MadrasNo queues in operation

The great majority of applications for visit visas is currently dealt with within 24 hours. In the few cases where a more detailed interview is required the waiting times are 12 working days in New Delhi, five working days in Bombay and one to three days in Madras. There are no queues for visit visas at the other posts listed above.